Eco friendly automobiles are considered to be pricey but they pay off in terms of saving the environment and cutting down the fuel cost, makes them a must-have. Consumers are now wanting fuel-efficient, hybrid and high-performing vehicles and thus car brands have offered plenty of options for green car lovers. Luxury car brands have made some high-performance options for luxury SUV enthusiasts. It is a known fact that SUVs are highly in demand in the UAE, and having fuel-efficient and eco friendly automobiles is the latest market trend.
The luxury brands have now introduced high-quality and high-performance SUVs in the market, which were thought once as impossible to achieve. Plug-in hybrids and eco-friendly cars were thought to have anything but luxurious, that has changed now. As the luxury brands have stepped into the game of producing plug-in hybrids, electric and fuel-efficient vehicles for day to day use, the demand for such vehicles has increased. Sports cars and SUVs, having good looks, high-performance and better fuel efficiency make these eco friendly automobiles the best buy for the luxury SUV enthusiasts. Our pick of 2018‘s most awaited and highly admired luxury SUVs are here. These vehicles have all that an eco-friendly car must have along with power and prestige of a luxury car brand.
2018 Volvo XC60 T8 Plug-in Hybrid
The 2018 Volvo XC60 is completely redesigned and improved to have better performance for this luxury compact SUV in eco friendly automobiles. With a modern and contemporary design, the sporty appeal and luxurious outlook of Volvo XC60 T8 2018 make this SUV on many peoples Wishlist.
The Volvo has made XC60 T8 a plug-in hybrid with Twin Engine powertrains. Which is undoubtedly more spacious, having 5-passenger capacity along with sportier and stylish looks, longer than its predecessors, high gloss black finish and glossy chrome frame, with a longer hood and signature momentum grille adding luxurious appeal to the overall outlook of the vehicle.
The eco friendly automobiles were thought not to have a good performance but this luxury SUV is a myth buster. Having a turbocharged and supercharged Drive-E engine capable of producing 400 horsepower and a 472 Lb-ft. of torque gives an exhilarating performance. It is equipped with a 10.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack giving better performance as compared to other SUVs without using much fuel. It an all-wheel-drive SUV, with its wheels getting power from the 8-speed Automatic transmission and offering fuel efficiency of 26mpg in the city, 26mpg on the highway and 28mpg combined, while it has an EV range of 18miles. It can go from 0 to 60mph in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 140mph.
Price: AED 388,500
2018 Jaguar I‑PACE Concept S – Eco Friendly Automobiles
The Jaguar has introduced its first electric flagship SUV and has completely taken over the eco friendly automobiles market. It is an all-electric SUV and a strong contender to beat the premium electric SUV brands’ dominance on the market. Having 20-inch wheels, elegant looks and exceptional details in rear spoiler, flush door handles and vented bonnet makes it look more beautiful.
A bold design with the fancy and luxurious interior, having advanced technologies, infotainment system and plenty of space to adjust 5-passengers sit comfortably. The aerodynamic design with flowing waistline and signature rear haunches make it look more appealing.
The 2018 Jaguar I-Pace S uses two concentric electric motor, it is a four-wheel drive vehicle and has a 90kWh lithium-ion battery placed under the floor. The 394 horsepower, 513 Lb-ft. of torque and a 298-mile range on WLTP cycle makes this electric SUV a fast and high-performer in the segment. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in merely a 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 124 mph. The ultimate all-electric performance makes it a powerful yet efficient SUV in eco friendly automobiles having a class, all latest technologies and a sports car-like performance.
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2018 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid
In the race of eco friendly automobiles, no luxury car brand is left behind offering more options and better performing electric vehicles. The all-new Cayenne by Porsche is now a plug-in hybrid combining maximum efficiency with best driving dynamics. Currently, it is the most powerful Cayenne in the line-up of Porsche, having a bold statement as an SUV. With plenty of colour options and 5-passenger capacity, this SUV has a sports car like performance with a dynamic design, cutting-edge assistance systems and providing extraordinary comfort to all occupants. The Cayenne 2018 is an electric SUV with the soul of a genuine sports car, having all the luxuries, technologies and comfort offered by the Porsche. It is a spacious SUV with distinguishing features such as long and sloping bonnet and three-piece air intakes.
The 2018 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is equipped with a 3.0-Litre V6 engine and a 14.1kWh battery pack, the electric engine combined the combustion engine produces 462 horsepower/340kW and a maximum of 700 Nm of torque in total.
It can accelerate from 0 to 100 Km/h in just 5.0 seconds and has a top speed of 253 Km/h. On electric mode, it can be driven up to a distance of 44Km with a speed of 135 Km/h. The boost strategy is derived from a 918 Spyder supercar to make it faster, smooth and more comfortable for the occupants. The standard Sport Chrono Package allows this hybrid SUV to use full electric power in Sport and Sport Plus setting. It has an 8-speed automatic transmission allowing quicker shifts and fastest performance.
Price: AED 379,200
The UAE market has recently seen a rise in eco friendly automobiles realising the need for impact on the environment. Having the latest and most advanced technologies combined with high-performance, such vehicles are very much in demand. Whereas, it was a myth before that electric or eco-friendly vehicles are not available in good looks or good performance, whereas the above-mentioned vehicles are the future of mobility and just mark the beginning of a new era which is safe for the environment and cutting down the fuel costs.