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Despite the fact Hyundai is not unfamiliar with the hybrid technology, so far it hasn't enriched its portfolio with an actual hybrid model, like Toyota Prius or similar cars. 

But this could change soon. After it was first noticed in 2014, Hyundai AE HEV prototype (which is scheduled to go into production in 2016) has now been spotted by spy photographers - while being tested on German roads!

What's in a name? 'AE' could perhaps stand for an internal model code or signifying this is a future model, while 'HEV' almost definitely means 'Hybrid Electric Vehicle'. As rumors go, the underpinnings of the AE HEV should be more or less the same as the platform of the new-gen Hyundai Elantra; furthermore, it's supposed to be powered by a parallel hybrid system - a combination of a 1.6 litre petrol engine and an electric motor, sucking energy from a compact lithium-ion battery.

In 2017 further versions of the same model are to follow, including a plugin hybrid.

July 22, 2015 Driving photo: Automedia

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