Hyundai India to launch hybrid car models next year

The Indian car market is a very fast paced and potential space. India is one of the fastest growing auto markets in the world and it is witnessing growth in terms of new models, sales as well maturity in leaps and bounds. However, the Indian car market is still developing and there are many segments which are still in nascent stages here, which are flourishing spaces in the global markets. The Electric Vehicle and Hybrid car segments for instance. are still budding in India, but both of these segments are certainly expected to grow big in the coming few years. Hybrid cars are especially considered to get highly popular in India very soon, considering the great success of the Toyota Camry Hybrid. Sensing the huge potential of the segment, the country’s second largest car maker Hyundai Motor India is expected to launch hybrid cars by next year.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

As India’s pollution levels keep on sky rocketing, the country’s alternative fuel cars’ future is the only hope to bring the pollution levels down. Reports say that the South Korean car major is contemplating bringing in its Ioniq hybrid model to India in the near future. In the context, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Hyundai Motor India, YK Koo told the India that the company is considering introducing the ‘soft hybrid’ technology in the latest Hyundai offerings in 2017. The mid-sized segment products from the company will be the first ones to get this technology in India.

However, the South Korean car major is being highly secretive in revealing the exact hybrid technology that will be revealed in India. Thus, whether it will be the conventional electric-petrol hybrid or the electric-diesel hybrid technology (called the Blue Drive) for the Indian car market is yet not confirmed.

When the Hyundai Ioniq hybrid car is concerned, the vehicle was first introduced in its concept form to the world at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. It has been widely appreciated for its futuristic and neat design and its promised technological advancements. The Hyundai Ioniq is likely to debut in the European car market very soon. The Hyundai Ioniq will be available in three versions, out of which only the plug-in hybrid version is expected to come to our shores.

The Ioniq plug-in hybrid is likely to get equipped by an 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack powered electric motor which will offer a speculated pure electric range of around 50 kilometers. The electric motor will work in conjunction of a 1.6 liter GDI four cylinder petrol mill which will be able to offer a combined power output of around 165 PS.

The 2016 Indian Auto Expo witnessed a lot of car makers showcasing their hybrid and electric car models, among which Hyundai also showcased its Sonata plug-in hybrid model. The South Korean auto giant is known for its great works and advanced technological researches in the hybrid and fuel cell spaces. Hyundai being the second largest car major of India it is very likely to offer hybrid car versions in the country soon, especially when its arch rival Maruti Suzuki is already offering mild diesel hybrid models.

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