Your dream of owning a $45,000 Lotus plug-in minicar could become a reality in 2013. If that's truly your dream, then you'll be thrilled to know that the extended-range Lotus Ethos will reportedly hit U.S. dealerships in late 2013 as a Model Year 2014 vehicle.

Unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Lotus' minicar concept, now called the Ethos, will enter the production cycle in 2013. That's official. However, word of the Ethos coming to the U.S. has not been confirmed by the automaker.

In production form, the plug-in Ethos is expected to employ a range-extending 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine. Lotus claims the Ethos will have an electric-only range of 37 miles before that range extender swings into action, adding 270 miles of gas-burnin' action. Top speed checks in at a reported 76 miles per hour and the 0 to 62-mph dash takes nine ticks of the second hand.

So, it's time to start gearing up for the possible arrival of a $45,000 plug-in minicar with a Lotus badge. We'd be willing to bet that its steep price tag will be a bit of an issue when it comes to racking up sales here in the States.


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      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      For $45k they could sell you an electric car with a 200 mile range.. So..... what's the point of this overpriced range extender system again?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Akram Moussa
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another rebadged iQ?
        sp33dklz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Akram Moussa
        I was about to ask the same thing, seeing how closely Lotus and Toyota are tied with drivetrains, I would assume that is an iQ.
        Tuga
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Akram Moussa
        No, much, much better. It's a rebodied Proton. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proton_EMAS
          Akram Moussa
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tuga
          Hmm.....Good point there. Hopefully, it doesn't burn down to re-engineered Satria Neo or worse the Savvy.
      canuckcharlie
      • 3 Years Ago
      VW up!?
      LOLO
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dosnt matter it looks 10 times better than the IQ or the Aston Sh*tgnet.
      Alex740
      • 3 Years Ago
      Everything else aside, that's actually a pretty sharp looking little car.
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      Stevie Diffy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love this car, but way out of my price range right now. To bad they cant build one like this that I would feel comfortable buying. I am just not going to put a lot of cash down for a car right now. Its the worst investment you can make.
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh look. Another 'angry face' on a car. #nextdesigntrendtodie
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another car nobody wants.
      phunkyphoxx
      • 3 Years Ago
      First Minicar that actually looks sharp from every angle imho. Nice job!
      • 2 Years Ago
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