There maybe a Lotus subcompact car on the horizon. Lotus had unveiled a new concept model of a subcompact car called the City Car at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, and according to Car Magazine, it will be in production form by October 2013.
So far, we know that the City Car will be available only as a range-extended hybrid powertrain, such setup is similar to the Chevy Volt. This enables the Lotus City Car to run only on battery power until the gasoline engine is needed. The City Car will use a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine to power a pair of electric drive motors. The pair of electric motors is rated at 162 kW peak power and 54 kW continuous power, and it will only require a single-speed transmission.
The Lotus City Car will use flex fuel for the gasoline engine, of which a mixture of methanol, ethanol, and petrol. The battery power is able to provide a range of 37.3 miles, and the gasoline engine will start to kick in to recharge the battery pack while providing power to the the motors.
Lotus is planning to have three versions of the City Car, where one model will be sold for Asia, one for the European market, and a sports model.
“Our city car has been confirmed and will be launched in October 2013,” Mr. Bahar told the British magazine. “We are doing this together with Proton and another OEM. We will build three versions: one for the Asian market, one for Europe and a sportier one.”
Source: Car Magazine