Lotus Will Unveil Two Heavyweight Front-Engine Hybrids at 2010 Paris Auto ShowBy Scott Doggett September 2, 2010
Making good on their word to introduce more hybrid vehicles, Lotus reps today announced that the British automaker will unveil a pair of heavyweight front-engine Lotus hybrids at the Paris Auto Show later this month.
One will be a four-door hatchback in the style of the Porsche Panamera. The other will be a two-door coupe.
Both cars will be based on the modular-hybrid concept chassis Lotus debuted at this year's Geneva Auto Show for both its own Evora 414E Hybrid Concept (pictured) and Proton's Giugiaro-designed hybrid concept.
The concepts from Geneva used hybrid systems based on the Lotus-developed 1.2-liter, three-cylinder, monobloc "Omnivore" engine specifically designed to provide energy for electric-drive series-type hybrids.
That engine produces 47 horsepower and kicks in once the battery is depleted to generate power to recharge the battery and extend the vehicle's driving range.