Tasty Tech Eye Candy: Detroit Auto Show
This week in Detroit, automakers showed off dozens of new cars and a handful of conceptual designs. All-electric cars were nearly ubiquitous and making a showing: fuel-cell powered vehicles. Above: Lexus previewed its fuel-cell vehicle the LF-FC concept, which not only has a fuel-cell stack that sends its power to the rear wheels, but also has two in-wheel electric motors to power the front wheels. The company says it plans to go into production by 2020.
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People ooohed and ahhhed over the aerodynamic lines of Acura's low-slung Precision with its wide stance with fat wheels. The diamond-shaped theme of the grille and exterior is reflected in the interior, with the headrests and seats. This is what we mean by "eye candy."
VW says its long-range electric microbus will get 200 miles to a charge. The company says this vehicle "marks the beginning of a new era of affordable long-distance electromobility."
The 2017 Pacifica got a lot of attention at the show. It's powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which will give its driver 30 miles of full electric mode before shifting to gasoline. The Pacifica is rated at 80-MPGe and should go on sale later this year.
The Tiguan GTE Active concept is a plug-in hybrid SUV with a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors that switch on after about 20 miles in electric mode.
The Ford Fusion has been around for several years now and this year Ford has added two additional models to the line: the Sport and the Platinum. The Sport will have 325 horsepower and all-wheel drive and the Platinum offers titanium trim and leather seats. The Ford Fusion Energi is an option and has a range of 21 miles on pure electric power before switching over to the hybrid function.
Chevy calls its new all-electric vehicle “the first long-range, affordable EV.” It will have a range of 200 miles and a price before incentives of $37,500.
The new Avista slashes Buick's stereotype of being a car for "grandpa." The sporty two-door coupe concept has 400 horsepower thanks to its twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6.
Audi H-tron has a fuel cell stack designed to drive 310 miles on a tank of hydrogen fuel.