What if you want a car that is fuel-efficient like the Toyota Prius hybrid but with a more sportier look? Well, Hyundai got you covered. It is planning two new hybrid cars, with the first one called the Hyundai Blue-Will Concept.
The new Hyundai Blue-Will is already being labelled as the “Prius fighter”, and that is a tough name for the Hyundai Blue-Will to swallow. The Hyundai Blue-Will is powered by a 1.6-liter direct-injection gasoline engine along with a 100kW-electric motor. The hybrid powertrain system is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission that has parallel hybrid drive feature to provide independent on-demand power from both the electric motor and the gasoline engine.
Electric power is provided by a lithium-ion polymer battery pack, which is located with the fuel tank under the rear seat to maximize luggage space, and can be plugged to an electrical outlet when parked. Hyundai will be the first automaker to apply lithium-ion polymer in mass production vehicles, and that battery technology is the same as found in today’s laptop and cellphone batteries.
It is expected the Hyundai Blue-Will to provide a fuel economy of up to 40 miles per gallon highway, similar to the Hyundai Veloster that is priced at around $17,500 in North America. Though, we wish that Hyundai would make the hydrogen powered Blue2 Concept comes to reality soon.