Posts from ‘Hybrids’
This is an installment in a series of posts looking back on show cars that we feel deserved a little more attention than they got. If you have a suggestion for a Forgotten Concept topic, please shoot us a line or leave a comment below.
Class: Large Car
Miles Driven: 333
Fuel Used: 8.2 gallons
Class: Premium Midsize Car
Miles Driven: 698
Fuel Used: 23.3 gallons
Following on the heels of the reveal of the redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer last week, Ford unveiled the all-new Explorer ST and Explorer Hybrid models today at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The ST is a performance-oriented model that packs a specially tuned EcoBoost V6 projected to make 400 horsepower; the Hybrid gets a 3.3-liter V6 gas/electric powertrain that is projected to produce a total of 318 horsepower.
2018 Ford Fusion Platinum Hybrid
Class: Midsize Car
Miles driven: 176
Fuel used: 4.4 gallons
It would seem more fitting for the Chicago or Detroit Auto Show, but Toyota chose the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show to introduce a Prius with more “snow” appeal.
Toyota is known for its hybrids, and the company introduced yet another one at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Actually, this was kind of a “two-fer”: Not only is it a new hybrid model, but it’s based on the new-for-2020 Corolla sedan (which itself is based on the redesigned 2019 Corolla Hatchback) that is not due to go on sale until March of next year — which is about the same timeframe Toyota is announcing for this hybrid version.
Lincoln introduced a new midsize SUV at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Called Aviator, the 3-row crossover boasts a number of new features along with a hybrid version seemingly aimed more at performance than fuel economy.
Subaru’s first plug-in hybrid will be making its public debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Based on the Crosstrek compact crossover that was redesigned last year, the Hybrid (Subaru doesn’t include “Plug-In” in the official name, but it does on the car’s badges) pairs a 2.0-liter flat-four engine with two electric motors. One of the motors is used to start the engine at stops and as a generator to recharge the lithium-ion battery, the other to help power the car and charge the battery under braking. As with the “regular” Crosstrek, the Hybrid comes standard with all-wheel drive, making it one of the few all-wheel-drive hybrids — and one of the least-expensive AWD plug-in hybrids — on the market.