Green cars at the 2016 New York Auto Show: preview (updated)

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One week from tomorrow, the 2016 New York Auto Show will open its doors to reporters from around the world for two media-preview days.

We know already that there will be a new version of the Toyota Prius unveiled there, but a few other concepts and production models will make their debuts as well.

So far, New York is relatively light on green cars, but new small crossover SUVs will be shown in profusion. We'll update this list as we get more information.

You can stay up to date on all the latest photos and announcements on our New York Auto Show news page.

Meanwhile, here's our rundown of all the green cars we're expecting to see at the show.

2017 Toyota Prius teaser photo for new model to debut at 2016 New York Auto Show

2017 Toyota Prius teaser photo for new model to debut at 2016 New York Auto Show

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2017 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid (?)

We've listed this one as a question mark because Toyota hasn't actually confirmed that what it calls "the next mechanical marvel in the Prius lineup" will be the anticipated plug-in hybrid version.

But the company said it would unveil the plug-in Prius during 2016, and following the Geneva Motor Show two weeks ago, New York is the last global show in North America or Europe until September.

To date, we know only that the car will have different taillights than the current fourth-generation Prius hybrid, as seen in a teaser image Toyota distributed today.

A new 2017 Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid would clearly have a range higher than the last version's EPA-rated 11 miles, but how much higher is the big question.

Industry sources last summer suggested that it could be as high as 30 miles, which would put it second only to the new Chevy Volt and the range-extended BMW i3 REx.

If it is the next plug-in Prius—possibly to be known as the "Prius Prime"—this will likely be the most significant green car introduced in New York.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq (European spec), 2016 Geneva Motor Show

2017 Hyundai Ioniq (European spec), 2016 Geneva Motor Show

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq

Korean maker Hyundai, with aggressive plans to sell more green cars by 2020 than any other maker except Toyota, will show one or more models from its 2017 Ioniq lineup.

That small hatchback, offered in hybrid, battery-electric, and plug-in hybrid versions, made its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show two weeks ago.

While the Ioniq is a size smaller than the latest Toyota Prius, the idea of using the same platform for all three electrified variants is a new one, and should let Hyundai spread its costs over a higher production volume.

The different versions of the Ioniq will compete against the Prius (as a hybrid); the Chevy Volt, Prius plug-in, and other models (as a plug-in hybrid); and the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Volkswagen e-Golf, and 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV (as a battery-electric model).

The 2017 Ioniq Hybrid will likely be the first to arrive at dealers, late this year or early next year, shortly followed by the all-electric model. The plug-in hybrid will lag by several months, Hyundai says.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid (European spec)

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid (European spec)

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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

The plug-in hybrid version of Mitsubishi's mid-size crossover SUV may have had the longest gestation of any plug-in vehicle to be sold in the U.S.

Now scheduled to go on sale this summer as a 2017 model, the plug-in Outlander was originally intended to hit the market in 2013.

That would have been well before plug-in hybrid versions of the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE (nee ML), Porsche Cayenne, and Volvo XC90—all now on sale, or imminent.

But a combination of strong demand in Europe and certification challenges in California repeatedly pushed back the debut of what will be the top-line Outlander.

At least the delays meant the plug-in sold in North America now benefits from the mid-cycle upgrade the rest of the Outlander lineup received for 2016.

We'll have final U.S. specs for the plug-in Outlander at its debut, but it remains to be seen how it will do for Mitsubishi, now widely viewed as the most challenged maker selling in the U.S.


 
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