Gallery: 7 Sexy, Sporty Hybrid Cars Hitting the Streets Soon

Volvo has yet to offer a hybrid model in North America, but that’s about to change. Volvo gave us a preview of a plug-in hybrid version of the XC60 crossover, in concept form. The XC60 plug-in hybrid concept is propelled by a 280 horsepower turbocharged
 
Volvo has yet to offer a hybrid model in North America, but that’s about to change. Volvo gave us a preview of a plug-in hybrid version of the XC60 crossover, in concept form. The XC60 plug-in hybrid concept is propelled by a 280 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that sends its power to the front wheels, while the rear wheels are powered by a 70 horsepower electric motor. Drivers can select between three driving modes: Pure, Hybrid or Power. Volvo clams that in Hybrid mode the XC60 plug-in hybrid has a combined fuel economy rating of 50 mpg, and in Power mode (the most powerful setting), the XC60 can reach 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds. Volvo hasn’t announced an exact release date, but it’s expected to arrive in two years.

The Honda CR-Z was first introduced as a concept vehicle in 2007 with the production version finally arriving at the end of 2010. As soon as the CR-Z concept was unveiled, it immediately brought back memories of the Honda CR-X from the 1980’s with its sporty body and two seat layout. Unfortunately the CR-Z doesn’t quite have enough “sport” under the hood. Honda calls the CR-Z a “sport hybrid,” but 122 horsepower isn’t going to draw much attention on a track — but we have hope!

Fisker, a new name to the automotive industry recently released its first model, the 2012 Fisker Karma, which takes a hybrid system and wraps it in a sexy four-door body. The Karma is powered by an electric motor with a 2.0L turbocharged range-extending engine — think of it as a much sportier alternative to the Chevy Volt. The Karma has 403 horsepower, the ability to travel up to 50 miles in full electric mode, and it can reach 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph. The only major draw back is that its $90,000 price tag is beyond the reach of most buyers.

So what’s next for the hybrid segment? At this year’s Detroit Auto Show, automakers unveiled a host of new hybrid models that we will soon see in showrooms. The new hybrids offer the latest hybrid technology, but with more emphasis on “style” and “sport” than ever before.

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  1. Ramon Calicdan February 19, 2012 at 6:01 am

    The icars of the future…ielectric, electrifying!!!

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