Hyundai i30 Hybrid Spied Testing? Photo:
Trevor Collett | Aug, 21 2014 | 2 Comments

Two Hyundai i30s have been spied during testing in the US this week, accompanied by a Toyota Prius and Prius V.

Our spy photographers on the ground report the Korean carmaker is testing a petrol-electric hybrid version of its popular small car, likely evaluating a future tilt at the small hybrid market against the current benchmark.

Hyundai had both hatch and wagon variants of its i30 on test. The ‘wagon’ wasn’t the familiar model however, but rather a stretched version of the i30 hatch, suggesting a direct competitor for the Prius V in both powertrain and styling.

Evidence of a hybrid power plant was seen with electronic cables entering the cabin (perhaps carrying data), while the test mules were also pictured refuelling - so an electric motor was unlikely to be the sole source of momentum.

While the current Prius does not feature a plug-in recharging option, the next generation model is highly likely to make the switch.

Hyundai may be ensuring its new hybrid is also plug-in ready, with large square padding across the regular fuel door potentially hiding a recharging point.

The only thing missing was a third Hyundai to compare to Toyota’s smallest hybrid in the Prius C, but a successful i30 hybrid could potentially lead to a future i20 version as well.

MORE: Hyundai News | i30 | Toyota Prius

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