Hyundai: dedicated hybrid in 2012, plug-in by 2013

Hyundai has revealed two new hybrids in the works, the first to be a on a dedicated hybrid platform in 2012, the second to be a plug-in version by 2013.

With Hyundai's first hybrid on the way in the form of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, the Korean automaker has now set its eyes on producing another pair of dedicated hybrids to arrive in 2012 and 2013.

In addition Hyundai recently revealing that it believes the Sonata Hybrid will hit 40 mpg highway, the automaker has also announced that it is developing an all-new, dedicated platform hybrid that is due to arrive for 2012, according to Inside Line. This hybrid would be intended to take on dedicated hybrids such as the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight, and would not be available with a conventional powertrain.

Not to be satisfied with simply introducing a new hybrid in 2011 and then again in 2012, the ambitious Korean automaker also plans to reveal a plug-in hybrid variant of its dedicated hybrid for 2013.

Although details are still incredibly scarce on both of these models, what we do know is that Hyundai intends to make use of the lithium-polymer battery technology as found in the upcoming 2011 Sonata Hybrid.

Hyundai has given no indication as to how competitive the fuel economy or pricing intend to be, but if the automaker's recent offering are any indication, Hyundai's new hybrid models may prove to be the first truly competitive alternatives to the popular Prius hybrid.

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