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FCA confirms arrival of new Jeep Renegade PHEV in early 2020

Ever since the Jeep Renegade compact sports utility vehicle arrived in 2014, it has been powered by diesel, gasoline or flex (gasoline plus ethanol) engines. But by the start of the decade (2020), the Renegade will also feature a new electrified version, and Fiat Chrysler is already preparing for its production.

In an announcement, FCA basically confirmed the arrival of the all-new Jeep Renegade Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) in 2020. It will be produced at the FCA Melfi Plant in Italy, where the carmaker is also building the conventionally powered Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X models. The Renegade has been built at its vehicle assembly plant in Melfi, Italy as well as in production locations in Brazil and China. It is the first Jeep product to be built exclusively outside of North America.

Pietro Gorlier, Chief Operating Officer for FCA’s EMEA region, noted that more 742,000 Renegades have already been produced so far at the Melfi facility, making the compact SUV and the plant the ideal product and location to launch Jeep’s new PHEV offering.

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BMW rules out V12-powered and plug-in hybrid version of new 8 Series

When BMW finally commences sales of the heavily anticipated 8-Series Coupe, it will offer the all-new flagship in two powerful engine variants – a petrol-powered biturbo 4.4 liter V8 unit and a diesel-fueled 3.0 liter biturbo inline six mill. Nonetheless, there are customers hoping that new BMW 8 Series would be offered with a V12 engine or a plug-in hybrid drive, but the German premium has no plans for those.

Carsten Groeber, vice-president of product management at BMW Group, was quoted by Australian magazine GoAuto at the 2018 Paris Motor Show as saying that a V12-powered 8 Series won't happen. The BMW 7 Series -- the M760Li xDrive in particular – is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 petrol engine that can provide 601 hp (448 kW) of output and 590 lb.-ft. (800 Nm) of peak torque. This allows the M760Li xDrive to dash from zero to 100km/h in just 3.7 seconds.

Groeber noted that the V8 engine and the in-line six unit already allows for a perfect weight distribution with the new 8 Series. Since the V12 engine is a very heavy mill, it would destroy this weight distribution, particularly making the front too heavy. He remarked that the V8-powered 8 Series is already a proper sportscar.

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New Bentley Bentayga Hybrid delivers efficient performance in luxuriously comfortable package

At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Bentley is introducing the very first luxury plug-in hybrid vehicle in the world as packaged within the body of the Bentley Bentayga. Marking the British carmaker’s first step towards electrification, the new Bentley Bentayga Hybrid delivers in terms of performance, comfort, efficiency and luxury.

According to Adrian Hallmark, new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bentley Motors, the new Bentayga Hybrid marries traditional Bentley values with the latest technologies. It offers the best of both worlds -- effortless performance and emission-free driving – as confined in a luxurious package that is truly a Bentley. Bentley will open the order books for the new Bentayga Hybrid in the second half of 2018. Availability is only in selected markets.

Being a plug-in hybrid, the new Bentley Bentayga Hybrid features a power drive that makes use of a new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine and the highly efficient E Motor (electric motor). The E Motor serves as both electric motor and a generator to optimize the Bentayga Hybrid’s electric-only range.

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Plug-in hybrid version of Bentley Bentayga will debut in Geneva, slated to start selling in 2Q

There had been speculations that the Bentley Bentayga will soon have a hybrid powertrain that will be added to its engine lineup. And recently, the automaker confirmed this matter. So expect to see the SUV with a PHEV variant at the upcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show in early March this year.

Under the Bentley Bentayga’s hood will be an engine that is similar to that of the Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid. It will be equipped with a 2.9 liter V6 that will be paired to an electric motor so it can produce a total output of about 462 horsepower (345 kilowatts). Expect the Bentayga to have a similar range as the Panamera, capable of reaching 30 miles (48 kilometers) on purely electric energy.

Currently, the Bentley Bentayga offers a 6.0 liter W12 biturbo and a 4.0 liter V8 biturbo diesel, which the new PHEV version will join. This version will go on sale in the second quarter of 2018. We should mention though that the automaker is confident that that it will be the best selling option in the United States market.

Read the entire article Plug-in hybrid version of Bentley Bentayga will debut in Geneva, slated to start selling in 2Q

BMW strongly believes that the future will be all about the electrification, or should we say e-mobility. And this is why as early as now, they already have a vision for the next decade, at least until 2025.

Here, you can see the automaker’s product roadmap. It indicated that the automaker’s next e-mobility vehicle will be the i8 Roadster. Yes, it’s the same plug-in hybrid that made its debut at the recent 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. What makes it even better is that it seems like it will be joined by another plug-in hybrid next year that appears to be a crossover.

Moreover, MINI is also looking at the same direction, as they plan to launch an electric vehicle in 2019, and soon after, there will be another two or three plug-in hybrids in the same year. That’s sooner that you guys think. Later on in 2020, we shall also see the launch of the X3 EV and perhaps a plug-in hybrid. The following years will really be all about electrification, as many of us are also anticipating the reveal of the iNext.

Read the entire article BMW is shifting towards e-mobility in the next few years

There’s no stopping the increasing popularity of electric vehicles across the globe. Nevertheless, a lot of people are still into internal combustion and do not want that to become extinct. However, if Porsche is right, the future of performance could possibly be more silent. Klaus Zellner, Porsche’s President and CEO of North America spoke to Green Car Reports in Los Angeles and he said that hybrid technologies have brought more new buyers to Porsche showrooms more than any other models they have sold.

In the same interview, he said that the automaker expects half of its global sales volume to come from plug-in hybrids by 2025. In fact, this figure seems a lot more than what people might expect. It is also more aggressive than estimates from Porsche’s cousins at Audi, where 25 percent of global sales are expected to be of the hybrid variety for 2025 as well.

But for this to actually happen, Porsche will have to develop and offer more plug-in hybrid models. As of today, it is just the Panamera and the Cayenne that have such technology. In the near future, the Mission E will be part of the lineup, but this will instead rely solely on the electric power to provide its punch. And for other hybrid offerings, Zellner did not further expound on this matter, though he did talk about the other requirement for stronger plug-in hybrid and electric sales, and this is the car’s ability to recharge.

Read the entire article Plug-in hybrids will comprise half of Porsche sales by 2025, fast-charging system in the works

Kia first unveiled the Niro PHEV at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, where it said it would go on sale in sale in the third quarter of 2017. Now, the US version of the Niro PHEV has made its debut in LA, sales in the country expected to commence in 2018. Once sales go online, the new 2018 Kia Niro PHEV will be available in three trim levels: LX, EX and EX Premium.

The new Niro PHEV has all the same packaging and driving enjoyment offered by the Niro hybrid. However, it has a number of elements that identify it as a PHEV. These include “ECO/Plug-In” badges, hybrid blue exterior accents, a charge port door (on left front fender) as well as tweaked front grille insert and surround. It comes available with LED headlamps and seven-inch color meter cluster with digital tachometer.

As a plug-in hybrid, the new Niro PHEV employs a combination of an all-aluminum 1.6-liter GDI (gasoline direct injection) four-cylinder engine and an 60-hp (44.5 kW) electric motor for a total system output of 139 hp and combined torque of 195 lb.-ft. This is backed by an 8.9 kWh (59 kW) lithium-polymer battery pack. Thanks to the higher capacity of the battery capacity (plus 7.34 kWh more than the Niro hybrid), the Niro PHEV boasts of fuel economy rating of 105 MPGe.

Read the entire article 2018 Kia Niro PHEV marks North American debut at 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

It has taken many months of rumours and speculations before we actually get a confirmation from Jeep regarding the next generation Wrangler. And finally, the actual product is now exhibited at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Mike Manley also took this opportunity to make an interesting announcement. During the event, he said that the car manufacturer does have plans to roll out a plug-in hybrid version of the Wrangler for the 2020 model year.

Though the boss did not share a lot of details about the new and improved Wrangler, we know that it will be partially electrified. And having said that, we could expect it to have a plug-in hybrid powertrain like that of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, which comes with a 3.6 liter V6 gasoline engine. This would likely be paired with two electric motors and a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Here is the thing, there might be something about the packaging that might turn out to be problematic. And because of that, the Wrangler PHEV might actually feature its own setup. And if that is the case, it will likely still share most of the components of the Pacific Hybrid just like a lot of cars from FCA as part of their strategy to drive down costs related to development.

Read the entire article Jeep confirms Wrangler plug-in hybrid for 2020 lineup

Ford has just stepped up its game by electrifying its models for the police, fire and government market. This special edition model of the Fusion Energi, which is officially known as the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan. Though this model was not made for pursuits, the four-door vehicle can cover as far as 500 miles (805 kilometers), including 21 miles (34 kilometers) that’s propelled by electric power alone.

According to Ford, they believe that this sort of setup is perfect for officials like detectives, police and fire chiefs. This model will be up for grabs starting December this year, but deliveries will not begin until summer 2018.

What powers the Special Service Plug-in Hybrid is the same battery that they use in the Standard Fusion Energi, and that is a 7.6 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery that can be charged on a level-two 240 volt charger in just two and a half hours, or a conventional 110 volt outlet for 7 hours.

Read the entire article Sales begin in December for Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan built for the Police force

Honda this week announced that its all-new 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will arrive at US dealerships with a starting price of $33,400 beginning on the first of December. Because the Clarity PHEV is qualified for the full federal tax credit deduction program, the all-new Clarity sedans can be had for as low as $26,790 and $29,990 including destination charges, minus the supposed $7,500 federal taxes.

The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid Touring, which will be offered with a suggested retail price of $35,600 will have a more upscale feel to it over the standard variant. Exclusive to this level are the Ultrasuede interior, perforated leather-trimmed seats, a four-way power adjustment for the front passenger seat and a driver seat with eight-way power adjustment with two-position memory.

While a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a navigation system with charging infrastructure information are part of the Touring package, both sedans will be featuring the same 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and heated side mirrors. The LED taillights, auto headlights and daytime running lights in LED are just among the many standard features shared by the two model trims.

Read the entire article Prices for 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid to start at $33,400

All is set for Volkswagen’s plans to enter the electric vehicle game, as prompted by the so-called Dieselgate scandal. In fact, the German carmaker has already made a commitment to offer at least five battery electric vehicles (BEV) in the next five years. However, Volkswagen is not intending to offer plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEV) in North America, and possibly also in Europe.

This was divulged by Volkswagen brand chief Herbert Diess in an interview with Car and Driver. The new plans were a contrast to the ones formulated under the former boss of Volkswagen Group of America Michael Horn. The initial plans entailed replacing the group’s diesel vehicles with clean PHEVs. But those plans have been scrapped. As per the interview, Diess remarked that the German carmaker could still make the VW Tiguan as the best-selling SUV even without offering it as a plug-in hybrid in North America and Europe. He noted that the EV incentive scheme in North America doesn’t include PHEVs, which means offering these clean vehicles won't make sense for the carmaker.

For now, Diess’ efforts focus on offering BEVs, 15 of which have already been decided for the group. Five of these 15 pure EVs are earmarked for the VW brand. All of these future BEVs will be underpinned by the new Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) platform, a battery electric architecture. According to Diess, the new MEB platform would result to economies of scale, allowing VW to unleash the potential of its electric vehicles. He believes that by switching into BEVs, VW would be able to save costs, including those related to development. This will allow the brand’s first BEV -- the new Volkswagen I.D. – to be in the same profit range as the VW Polo.

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We expected to see the BMW i8 Roadster at last month’s 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, but it never made an appearance. So the question on fans’ lips now is when we will actually see the convertible. Rumours are circulating that it might make a debut in just a few weeks, but apparently, a few have already seen it in person.

Online forums like BimmerPost often provide some pretty interesting news, and one of the users mentioned that there was a private showing recently, strongly suggesting that the production i8 Roadster is almost here. And it was in an event in London where BMW allegedly unveiled the new Roadster to a few lucky clients only. We don’t know if these reports are valid, though there are some specific details that we should take note of.

The same user said that the roadster will be having a set of light weight wheels that have a “square” design, and these are supposedly the lightest wheels one could get for the i8, with extremely narrow spokes. He then added that the production version is very much like the concept that was first seen in 2013, in terms of its design.

Read the entire article Upcoming BMW i8 Roadster will offer new interior, more power

Land Rover’s Range Rover luxury sports utility vehicle is greeting the 2018 model year with various visual and technical updates and upgrades, essentially making the latest iteration a facelifted version. Aside from major tweaks, the new Range Rover would be soon available as a plug-in hybrid.

Even at a glance, the visual changes implemented on the exterior of the new Range Rover are easily recognizable. For instance, the new Range Rover now features a new front fascia as well as a revised grille.

It also features Pixel-laser LED headlights on the front as well as new taillights on the rear. Pixel-laser LED headlights offers brighter illumination, while its intelligent blank LED sections prevent oncoming drivers from being bothered by bright light.

Read the entire article Land Rover unveils facelifted Range Rover with new plug-in hybrid version

Jaguar Land Rover reveals Range Rover’s newest model as well as their first-ever first plug-in hybrid model, which is available only on the Sport trim. The SUV, which gets the “P400e” moniker, hides the charging port on the side of the front grille.

Under the hood of the Range Rover is a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine, as well as an electric motor housed on the transmission to complete the plug-in hybrid powertrain. Overall, the 2019 Range Rover Sport Plug-In Hybrid has a combined output of 404 horsepower (297 kilowatts) and 640 Newton-metres (472 pound feet) of torque. To break that down, 300 horsepower (221 kilowatts) comes from the combustion engine, while the e-motor carries out 116 horsepower (85 kilowatts).

Furthermore, the SUV has a 13.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that lets the P400e travel on electric power for up to 31 miles (51 kilometers) without a single drop of gasoline. Depending on the charging cable, one can fully charge the SUV in 2 hours and 45 minutes with a 32 amp wall box or 7 hours and 30 minutes with the standard 10 amp cable.

Read the entire article 2019 Range Rover Sport Facelift comes with plug-in hybrid variant known as P400e

While Mercedes-Benz, through its AMG unit, is toying with its Project One hypercar, it has unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show the newest and cleaner addition to its S-Class model range – the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560e next-generation plug-in hybrid.

Meant to replace the S500e plug-in hybrid of the pre-Facelift S-Class, the new Mercedes S560e boasts of having more power and being able to travel longer distances. These capabilities are centered on the S560e’s more dynamic hybrid drive system that employs a more powerful V6 engine and electric motor as well as a higher capacity lithium-ion battery.

The hybrid system that propels the new Mercedes S560e makes use of a 3.0-liter V6 engine that delivers 270 kW (367 hp) of max output and 500 Nm (369 lb.-ft) of peak torque. For other vehicles, this amount of power is already enough, but Mercedes has adjudged that this conventional mill wasn’t enough to make the S560e not just powerful, but also efficient. As a plug-in hybrid, the new S560e also makes use of an electric motor – developed in collaboration with Bosch -- that generates up to 90 kW of output and 440 Nm of instant torque.

Read the entire article 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560e Plug-in Hybrid is a more powerful and more efficient successor to S500e

Alongside the 2017 Trans Am Super Duty 1,000 hp muscle car and the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon that were unveiled in the 2017 New York Motor Show comes the newest member of the Honda family: the Honda Clarity Electric and Honda Clarity Plug in Hybrid. The two new drivetrains will accompany the hydrogen fuel cell model which is already made available in selected markets, including California and the homestead of Honda- Japan. The starting price of the Honda PHEV and Electric? Each will boast of a $35,000 base price tag.

The anticipated announcement of the plug-in hybrid and the complete electric variants of the newly unveiled Honda Clarity models also includes details about the PHEV's 2 mile electric range and the EV's 25.5 kWH battery. Not only that, there's another important revelation that was disclosed by Honda's representative that we all should know- its base price of $30,000. However, Honda hasn't readily announced the specific manufacturer's suggested retail price of both automobiles just yet. The new Honda vehicles will be possibly available this year, with the EV leading the way in the market to be followed next by the PHEV.

The suggested prices of both the EV and the PHEV are less steep than the Clarity Fuel Cell, which can only be availed for lease at around $369 per month (and an addition of $2,499 due upon signing the lease) for 36 months. Like the Honda Clarity PHEV and All Electric Units, the Japanese automaker is also mum on the supposed manufacturer's suggested retail price for the fuel cell, but an alleged report in the past revealed a not-surprising $60,000 price tag.

Read the entire article Pricing starts at $35,000 for 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, Electric variants

Efforts to save the world from destruction have ushered the advent of more eco-friendly alternatives for everyday items, reaching various sectors including the automotive world. It has become a trend amongst automakers involved in this so-called “green revolution” to offer multiple eco-friendly powertrains for one model, giving customers the freedom of choice – to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions or to keep the traditional fuel-powered engine on standby in case the electric-powered engine acts up.

There’s Hyundai’s Ioniq offered in full electric, plug-in hybrid, and gas-electric hybrid versions, and then there’s the Toyota Prius with an available plug-in version. Recently, we have received more details about Honda’s latest green onslaught – the new three-pronged Clarity line-up. Let’s take a closer look at the Japanese automaker’s latest attempt to dominate the green car world.

In December 2016, Honda launched the hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell and we’ve seen its performance. Now, Honda released more information about its siblings: the battery-powered Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. The PHEV has the capability to deliver 42 miles of all-electric range; is it worth the wait? Well, it only depends on how you feel about this information. Honda aims to sell 75,000 units in the U.S. alone for the first four model years of the Clarity vehicles.

Read the entire article 2018 Honda Clarity plugin hybrid boasts 42-mile all-electric range, total range is at 330miles

The up and coming Lamborghini Urus signals the brand’s official foray into the still expanding world of sports utility vehicles. Lamborghini even promised that Urus would the most powerful and the fastest SUV ever. However, it seems that the new Lamborghini Urus would also signal the brand’s venture into the electrification and turbocharging technologies.

In December, Lamborghini’s chief of research and development Maurizio Reggiani, confirmed to AutoCar that the carmaker is keen on offering a plug-in hybrid version of the Lamborghini Urus. This hybrid version would be just one of the many variants of the SUV. This information was recently reiterated by Reggiani to Car Advice during the global launch of the new Lamborghini Aventador S. He nonetheless divulged that similar electrified technologies would also make their way into Lamborghini’s future super sports cars.

Reggiani remarked that a PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) system that Lamborghini has is currently ideal to be fitted an SUV platform. But Lamborghini’s current PHEV technology wouldn’t be suitable – as per the carmaker’s standards -- to be fitted in a super sports car. While a PHEV sports car from Lamborghini is possible, it would only be introduced at the right time, according to Lamborghini chief executive Stefano Domenicalli. The company’s top honcho disclosed two things: Lamborghini’s next-generation super sports car platform is already on the works, and the new Lamborghini Urus SUV will have a hybrid powertrain.

Read the entire article Lamborghini Urus will be the brand’s first SUV and first plug-in hybrid vehicle

Bentley once again confirmed its plans to push PHEV into their future lineups. As a matter of fact, the Bentayga SUV will be the first to have the plugin hybrid technology, which will also be using a V6 engine. Next on the line would be none other than the new generation Bentley Continental GT. And there’s more to come.

During a recent press interview with Automotive News, Wolfgang Duerheimer reiterated the fact that plugin hybrids no longer serve as “temporary bridge technology”. Instead, it now offers the best features of both cars with internal combustion engine as well as those of electric powered vehicles.

The CEO also considers the fact that the upcoming plugin variants would be their answer to the consumers who want to use their cars to go to places where gasoline and diesel engines would no longer be allowed.

Read the entire article Confirmed: Bentley will offer plugin hybrids for every model

Will Lamborghini ever offer a plug-in hybrid? The sports car maker has been known to create wonderfully dynamic products powered by potent conventional engines. It turns out, Lamborghini is also keen on offering a plug-in hybrid vehicle in the guise of the Lamborghini Urus.

This was confirmed by Maurizio Reggiani, chief of research and development at Lamborghini to AutoCar. However, Lamborghini Urus plug-in hybrid is just one of several versions of the new SUV.

Lamborghini will still offer Urus with a conventional powertrain. Yes, the top men at Lamborghini had already revealed the new Urus SUV will be powered by a 4.8-liter biturbo V8 engine, which should make this yet unrevealed model the fastest SUV in the market upon launch. Actually, this V8 engine is the same powerplant already fitted in Porsche Panamera Turbo, in which it was able to deliver 404 kW (542 hp) of peak output and 770 Nm (568 lb.-ft.) of max torque. The power levels for the Lamborghini Urus remain unknown, although there are speculations that the carmaker would tune it for greater output.

Read the entire article Lamborghini confirms arrival of plug-in hybrid version of new Urus SUV