You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Spied: 2017 Hyundai Prius-Fighter Sheds Some Camo

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/22/2015 Megan Stewart

The Toyota Prius has long been the benchmark for affordable hybrids, and only in the last few years has it had real competition. We caught Hyundai's new Prius-fighter out testing in light camouflage, and we expect it to arrive for the 2017 model year.

We first caught this model testing back in January of this year, sporting heavy camouflage. At first, the Hyundai model looked like a version of the Prius, but with the excess camo stripped off, the overall shape of the body now appears closer to the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt.

2017 Hyundai Prius Fighter© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Hyundai Prius Fighter

What we can make of the front fascia leads us to believe that Hyundai is experimenting with the design, and moving away from the copycat-like features that made it look like the competition. Under the narrow headlights are drastic cutouts, giving the front end a strange, but unique look. But with so much of the model still under wraps, it's hard to tell just what it will look like.

Power will most likely come from a 1.6-liter inline-four paired with a lithium-ion battery-powered electric motor. A plug-in version is expected to follow at least a year later. The Prius-fighter will use the same chassis that will underpin the next-gen Hyundai Elantra, and production should begin in the second half of 2016. Like the Prius, the new Hyundai model will likely be offered in various body styles, with the 5-door hatchback configurations being the first variant to hit the market.

Photo Source: Chris Doane Automotive

AdChoices
AdChoices

More from Motor Trend

Loading...

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon