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Automotive News: Plug-ins from Subaru, Range Kia, Mini

By Brad · March 25, 2013

Subaru CrossTrek. Is a plug-in really coming in the next

The main body of today’s by Automotive News about the of plug-in cars spans 1,200 words. It contains the refrain from the industry’s “Plug-in cars are too expensive. EVs appeal to eco-geeks.

Mainstream don’t care.” But the real is told in the table that the primary textrevealing more 30 new or upgraded plug-in cars for introduction in the next three The list includes a number of that should get electric car excited.

The majority of the list contains car and plug-in hybrid models have been expected: Spark, Infiniti Electric LE, E-Golf, and Tesla Model X. In one the timeline seems surprising: The Outlander Plug-in Hybrid. a plug-in hybrid SUV, to Automotive News, will be a model year vehicle. means its release might not until late 2014.

A of caution: Automotive News is very inclusive, claiming its long list of plug-in are being “planned” by major A lot of can happenincluding plans that get or delayed (sometimes indefinitely)between kinds of reports and arrival of a new to local dealerships. Inclusion of with longer horizons, 2015 or 2016, should be taken with a pinch or two or

Even as it outlines 30-plus cars coming soon, News throws a wet blanket on potential. “These vehiclesconceived in the days of EV enthusiasm several agowill roll out into a that seems to have ice cold.”

More Options, Luxury, Size and All-Wheel

Nonetheless, according to Automotive Subaru will offer the Crosstrek Plug-in Hybrid in Just last week, we that the Japanese automaker debut a Subaru XV Crosstrek at the upcoming New York Auto But there’s been little of a plug-in version, except for a Viziv plug-in crossover shown at this year’s Motor Show.

The plug-in hybrid drivetrain featured a 2.0-liter diesel engine mated to a CVT, a pair of electric motors the rear wheels to create an system. The use of a diesel engine its flashy design, with such as butterfly doors and wheels, suggested the Viziv had no for production. But a toned-down real-world version of the Crosstreka small SUV for comfort, a balanced ride, and a all-wheel drive systemwould be received by plug-in buyers.

There’s no other plug-in car out with this range of and features.

Automotive News pegs a 2013-2014 release for a Rover Plug-in Hybrid. The has been experimenting with hybrids for a few years. But its arrival soon would contradict a made in October by Peter chief engineer for hybrid at Jaguar Land Rover, in an with target=blankAuto Express. wouldn’t confirm the timeline, but if it happens at all, “It be sometime after 2015, but 2020.”

This contradiction, with a lack of information other “planned” plug-in suggests a less-than-light-tight schedule for cars including in the Automotive list:


Kia Soul EV 2015 (model

Mercedes C Class Plug-in 2014

Mercedes S Class Hybrid 2015

Mini Hybrid or EV 2015

Infiniti Plug-in Hybrid After

Sonata Plug-in Hybrid (model year)

Optima hybrid — 2016

are the more speculative of the bunch. if specific models don’t to fruition, the Automotive News gives a compelling glimpse of the in about three years, nearly every segment of the will have multiple options from a field of that includes Audi, Chrysler, Ford, General Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Land Rover, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Smart, Tesla, Toyota and Volkswagen.


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