Lotus Will Unveil Two Heavyweight Front-Engine Hybrids at 2010 Paris Auto Show

By Scott Doggett September 2, 2010

2010-Lotus-Evora-414E-Hybrid-Concept.jpgMaking 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.

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