Friday, January 21, 2011
Lotus Shows Off a Smart Done Right
Lotus looks to resolve all of these issues with a concept they are calling the City Car. It has the standard microcar 2-seat configuration, but packs a Chevy Volt-like series hybrid powertrain. Range on electric only is projected at 37 miles with a 3-cylinder range extender, developed by Lotus, providing electricity from that point on.
Differentiating the City Car from other offerings in this segment are Lotus styling - with a wide and aggressive stance, as well as a 4-seat configuration (trumping the Smart's 4 and the 3-ish seats of the Toyota/Scion iQ)
Expect the City Car to hit the streets in 2013. Availability in the US is anyone's guess - though tighter CAFE requirements likely make it a sure thing.
Performance is on par in the segment with 0-60 times of about 9 seconds and a range of over 300 miles.
If this allows Lotus to maintain some independence and continue to produce their wonderful line of sports cars - bring it on.