Lotus Ethos city car

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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