Lotus has stated that its City Car Concept has been given the green lights to enter into production and will be launched in 2013. The Lotus City Car concept was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October.
The company said that it will build three variants namely an Asia model, a Europe model and a sport version.
Nonetheless, Lotus’ Technical Director Wolf Zimmermann affirmed that work on the supermini City Car has yet to commence as they focus their engineering resources on the new sports cars, especially the new 2013 Lotus Esprit.
The Lotus City Car is a hybrid 4-seater with a rear-wheel drive. Coupled to a single-speed transmission, the engine combines a 35 kW electric motor with a range-extending 1.2 litre three-cylinder petrol engine similar to the Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid concept.
Power of the hybrid vehicle is expected to be 73 bhp and torque of 240Nm. The Lotus City Car can go from 0-100km/h in 9 secs with a top-speed of 170km/h. Also, CO2 emissions of the hybrid are touted to be 60g/km on the ECE-R101 cycle.
Further, the car weighs less than 1400 kg. The Lotus City Hybrid Electric car can run a distance of 60 km on electric power alone and a total range of 500 km with the help of petrol. In fact, the petrol usage is only to power the electric motor to charge the batteries, with the electric batteries being the energy source for the engine.
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