Elio Motors introduced its three-wheeled P5 fifth-generation prototype at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The company is targeting a launch date of late 2016 for the enclosed vehicle that is expected to deliver to 84 mpg and retail for a targeted base price of $6,800.
The P5 is the company’s first prototype to feature the 0.9-liter, 3-cylinder 60 hp (45 kW) engine designed specifically for Elio Motors by engine developer IAV. (Earlier post.)
With the new engine from IAV, the Elio is projected to go from 0-to-60 mph in 9.6 seconds, have a top speed of more than 100 mph and get up to 84 mpg on the highway.
The front end of the P5 will be slightly longer and slightly more aerodynamic than its predecessor, the P4. The aerodynamic improvement will ultimately help with fuel efficiency. The longer front end looks more futuristic and stylish. The P5 also will feature side-exhaust that will replicate how the exhaust is likely to look in the final version.
During the past decade, automakers have put more emphasis on interior styling, amenities and functionality. Elio Motors has made several interior changes that will likely help differentiate the vehicle when it gets to production, including:
Raising the arm rest on the door to make it more comfortable;
Lowering the rear seat one inch to create more headroom; and
Adding more foam to the rear seat for a cushier feel.
Elio Motors also upgraded the instrument panel for better aesthetics.
More than 47,000 people have made a reservation for a place in line to purchase an Elio when they go to production.