The North American based automotive giant General Motors is planning to introduce a plug-in hybrid of its popular midsize sedan Chevrolet Cruze and the model will be developed to battle the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid.
Even if the Japanese based automaker Toyota has an advantage in the hybrid segment with its Prius model, Chevrolet is still planning to take on the Asian car with its upcoming Cruze plug-in hybrid. According to the General Motors chief engineers for Global Compact, Small, Mini and Electric Vehicles, Jim Federico, the Volt will always be a plug-in electric vehicle and the Chevrolet Cruze will enter the plug-in hybrid segment, where it will battle, as we said above, the Toyota Prius.
Rumors say that the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze plug-in hybrid will be powered by a petrol engine, most likely the 1.8 liter unit, an electric motor and a small lithium-ion battery pack, and unlike the Volt, the Chevrolet Cruze plug-in hybrid will be primarily powered by the petrol engine which would offset by a short electric-only range.
Since its launch on the United States auto market, Chevy managed to sell over 150.000 Cruze models,, more than the eco-friendly Prius but still trailing the Corolla. The Cruze LS entry-level is powered by a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine which is developing 136 horsepower, mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, priced at 16.995 USD, while the top-of-the-line costs 22.695 USD.