Suddenly the automobile market is being flooded with luxury hybrid offerings. Baroque Ground looks at what’s available, and what’s coming in 2016 and beyond
America’s got the Tesla Model S, Germany has the Audi E-Tron Quattro SUV and Porsche will offer a 100% electric-powered Mission E concept by 2020. But there’s plenty on offer already from all over the world, from the Toyota Prius to Hyundai’s Ioniq, due out in early 2016.
The Asian vehicle will offer a brand new 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine and will be available in various incarnations, including a hybrid, plug-in hybrid or battery electric version. If it’s as efficient as Hyundai says it is, this new hybrid could be the very first true competitor to the Prius.
Although the British wonder vehicle, McLaren’s extremely rare and exclusive P1, which cost more than $1 million dollars, has been discontinued after manufacture of just 375 bespoke models, the company is planning to release a contender, in the form of the 675LT Longtail, which is far less expensive at around $373,000. Only 500 of these will be made. In actual fact, they are a more modern version of the McLaren 675LT couple, with the same 3.8 liter V8 engine.
We’re lucky, though. The Tesla is already a force to be reckoned with. The 2015 Tesla X sold out completely, the 2016 is extremely popular, and now the 2017 Tesla Model X promises to be the safest, cleanest and most practical long-range SUV on the market running on electricity. With room for seven passengers or lots of luggage, not to mention a range of 250 miles before you recharge, it’s going to be one serious vehicle!
Another promising hybrid is the 2017 BMW 5 Series Plug-in, a brand new model and plug-in hybrid for the German carmaker. It will apparently be based on BMW’s latest modular platform, which means it will be much lighter than the current model as well. Its design will also change quite radically, more in line with the current 4 Series than the old 5 Series. BMW is keeping its plans close to its chest, so not much is known right now. The release date for the hybrid is around mid-2016.
Of course, there are other hybrids worth considering in the luxury bracket, including the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, its sister, the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, both of which are well worth considering if you’re in the market for a luxe hybrid vehicle. The Panamera, which seats four, has an all-electric range of 22 miles and is as efficient as the Toyota Prius. The Cayenne hybrid is even more impressive, as its more economical and a crossover but offers just 14 miles of electric range on full charge. Let’s see what they offer in the next few years.
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