Lotus Ethos coming to the United States in 2013

Article by Christian A., on September 30, 2011

It won’t be long now before Lotus releases its City Car Concept (to be known as the Ethos) to the market. The company didn’t give the final dates but it’s believed that the Ethos will arrive as a 2014 model after 2012 or maybe in late 2013. The City Car concept, which was unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, is meant to rival the Aston Martin Cygnet and other upscale city cars.

Lotus is considering the use of two power plants. The first option is a series hybrid powertrain like the concept while the other is a fully electric motivation such as the Nissan Leaf or Tesla Roadster.

It’s possible that both will be offered at various price points, according to DuPont Registry. The concept had a hybrid drivetrain that can go 37 miles of electric-only power and a 310-mile range when using the on-board small 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine.

Its peak output was 72 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, which enabled the 3,086-pound Ethos to accelerate from zero to 62mph in nine seconds, faster than both the Fiat 500 and Aston Martin Cygnet. Its top speed is 106 mph but to maintain an electric charge, the car must only run up to 75 mph.

Lotus said that Ethos’ design offers excellent space considering that it has compact dimensions. The Ethos’ small size makes it easy to maneuver. It also offers superior visibility since there’s a large glass roof that adds to an airy feel.

The cabin will feature a combination of carbon fiber, premium leather, and plenty of standard equipment. This vehicle is expected to cost around $45,000 in the U.S.

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