Posts Tagged ‘phev’

Mitsubishi Outlander Gets a New Face and Electric Power

The New York Auto Show marks a major milestone for Mitsubishi. This is the first time they will be unveiling their all new 2016 Outlander and it is with this SUV that they will be showcasing the company’s new design philosophy.

On the outside, the Outlander gets a makeover utilizing more sophisticated design elements which helps boast refined look. The front facia now features a double barred chrome grille which prominently extends to the lower portions of the front bumper. Streamlined headlights housing dual projectors cap off the front end changes. Black textured body trim follows along the wheel arches and connects on the lower door sills to create a rugged yet refined look. The rear received a textured lower diffuser and redesigned tail lights.

The changes are more than just what you see on the surface. The Outlander’s chassis incorporates over 100 new design and engineering changes which all aid to create a stronger and dynamic platform. The suspension has been redesigned to offer better dampening, reduction in vibrations, and an overall better driving experience. This is all thanks to the use of dynamic dampers in the front and rear of the vehicle which helps to smooth out the ride.

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Mercedes-Benz Adds a Plug in Hybrid to the New C-Class

Mercedes-Benz may proclaim this year as the year of the SUV, but seeing all the unveils so far at the Detroit North American International Auto Show, it’s more like the year of the EV/PHV/PHEV. Many manufactures are chasing fuel economy, and even in the Mercedes-Benz press conference, they are targeting 10 new Plug-in Hybrids in their lineup within the next 2 years. Starting things off, the C350 Plug-in Hybrid is the first of the 10 out of Stuttgart.

Available in both sedan and wagon form (wagon is a European market exclusive), the C350 PHV puts out a total of 279hp, with the ability to drive in all electric mode for up to 30kms, while delivering only 2.1L/100km of fuel consumption. With more weight comes a necessity for better suspension control, which is why the C350 comes standard with AIRMATIC air suspension to offer drivers a more comfortable ride and sharper handling. Charging from a 220V outlet at home, the C350 PHV obtains a full charge in under 2 hours, replenishing the batteries for another 30kms of range.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept S, Paris Motor Show


Mitsubishi unveiled the Outlander PHEV Concept S in Paris It is an preview of what might be coming when the Outlander is facelifted. Stylish new headlights that are adorned with LEDs and a new angular grill. The taillights reach from hip to hip.

The profile view for some reason reminds me of a SAAB.

Specs are kind of weak. 2.0L 4 cylinder with electric motors that make 200+ hp. That translates to an 11+ second quarter. The slowness can probably be attributed to the weight of the batteries. The SUV is however good for 1.6 L / 100 km which is pretty incredible.

Given that the EVO is rumoured to be replaced by an SUV, it is likely that this Concept is a preview of the new corporate face that might adorn said EVO replacement.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid, Paris Motor Show


We’ve heard quite a bit over the last 12 months on the Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid, and it finally makes its public debut here at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. With manufactures racing to lower CAFE averages, green models are being introduced in all market segments.

The S500 Hybrid is powered by the all-new 3.0L V6 biturbo engine, introduced this year in the C400 and E400 sedans. The engine pumps out 328hp in the S500 Hybrid, while the electric motor, cleverly installed in the transmission, pumps out an additional 114hp for a total of 442hp, allowing the 4700lb S500 Hybrid to accelerate to 100km/h in only 5.2 seconds. The battery, installed within the floor of the trunk, reduces storage capacity by 25% at a still healthy 395L, and can be recharged in as little as 2 hours.

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Lamborghini Asterion Hybrid Concept, Paris Motor Show

Meet the Asterion, Lamborghini’s answer to the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 and the Ferrari LaFerrari. Lamborghini steps up in the hyper car game with this all new technology demonstrator, packed with a 907hp drivetrain. The V10 engine is borrowed from the Huracan, fitted to a modified Aventador carbon fiber monocoque, albeit with a different roof structure. A 7 speed dual clutch transmission out back puts the power to the rear wheels.

While the engine puts power down to the rear wheels, 2 electric motors are installed up front to give the Asterion all-wheel drive capabilities. Like the Porsche 918, the front motors are completely decoupled from the rear, allowing the electronics to provide torque vectoring to aid handling and response. A 3rd electric motor is bolted to the rear transaxle, which also acts as a starter and a generator like the McLaren P1. Also like the McLaren, the electric motors fill in the gaps in the engine’s torque curve to provide a predictable amount of torque based on the demands of your right foot. Combined, the electric motors put out 300hp.

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2015 Concept X5 eDrive NYIAS

We got an in person look at the new X5 eDrive concept at the New York Autoshow today.  Many visual tweaks are aparent compared to the regular X5 including a glowing charge dock, blue kidney grill slats and restyled bumpers and 21 inch wheels.

The eDrive combines the TwinPower 4 cylinder with 245hp with a 95hp electric motor.  It can run for 30 kilometres on electric only power and up to 120 km/h before the gasoline motor helps with propulsion.  One of the highlights of this hybrid is that you don’t lose the cargo room in the rear due to the lithium-ion batteries.

The X5 eDrive is an interesting proposition for BMW.  The X6 hybrid that was released a number of years ago did not sell well, at least in our Canadian Market, so it makes me wonder if they will bother with bringing it to Canada.  The real question is whether the 1% care enough about the environment to go with a hybrid over a diesel or the X5M.  Truth be told, you wouldn’t drive a 5000lb SUV if you cared.

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