In the never-ending cycle of automakers churning out new electrified vehicles, a few more are on display at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

The term “electrified” is a catchall to cover hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric.

In recent years more all-new plug-ins have been shown in Detroit than in the 2018 show, but some noteworthy electrified cars are still worth checking out.

2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Toyota’s range topping sedan that’s traditionally been a similarly priced alternative to the Lexus ES series comes with redesign inside and out.

A 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder Toyota Hybrid System II powertrain comes forth with tweaks, although horsepower, torque, and mpg figures are not yet disclosed.

Toyota however does say this will be the most efficient Avalon Hybrid to date. The current Avalon Hybrid is rated 40 mpg city, 39 highway, and 40 combined. Last year the updated Camry Hybrid made a major jump from lower 40s to as high as 50, so don’t be surprised to see the Avalon Hybrid do something similar.

Also adopted from the Camry is the Toyota New Global Architecture (TGNA) which promises a more rigid chassis for improved handling.

Inside, styling, comfort, and infotainment are updated as well for a nicely rounded luxury car with mpg that could approach that of a Prius.

GAC Motors Enverge Electric Concept

GAC, founded in 1997, and also known as Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., has been to Detroit with its concept before, but beyond news of the wild-looking EV concept on display this year is this Chinese company wants to enter the North American market by 2019.

So, if you want an electric alternative to a VW Atlas level vehicle in a couple of years, it could be that a budding dealer network GAC is now looking to establish may have something for you, but a gas-powered car is expected first.

This would be the GS8 mid-size SUV featuring a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four with 6-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive. A GA4 sedan is also on display for the company’s pending product line.

Little is known about the compact all-electric SUV, but it does have a 71-kWh battery said by its maker to be rated for about 370 miles. Assuming this is not EPA, it’s likely good for over 200 miles under the tougher U.S. cycle.

2018 BMW i8s

Not a new car, the BMW i8 is updated with bigger battery and beautiful new Roadster version along side.

Power is by a 1.5-liter three-cylinder plug-in hybrid system for a total system output of 369 horsepower. Battery size is increased from a modest 7.1 to 11.6 kWh and electric motor power was able to be upped from 129 to 141 horsepower.

Just the turbocharged gas engine related to the naturally aspirated mill that comes in a Mini Cooper is rated 228 horsepower and 236 pounds-feet of torque for a nearly motorcycle-like displacement-to-power ratio.

Nifty features like gullwing doors help distinguish the semi exotic good for preliminary estimated of 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds for the Coupe and 4.4 seconds for the Roadster.

The Roadster’s power-retractable cloth panel stows in 16 seconds, and drivers can operate it at up to 31 mph. The rear window raises automatically when lowering the top to minimize cabin turbulence.

Sales for the car starting just below $150,000 begin this spring.

AMG 53 Models

The Mercedes-Benz high-performance division is making a nod to hybridization in the least invasive way possible with its 48-volt systems.

The CLS 53, E53 Coupe, and E 53 Cabriolet feature 3.0-liter turbo gas engines with 48-volt EQ Boost micro-hybrid system that will add a little power upon acceleration, a lot of torque, and will improve fuel economy.

Many 48-volt systems have traditionally been called “micro hybrids” as they are by definition not even hybrids as they don’t incorporate two powertrains, but merely use a big battery to run some auxiliary systems to take some of the load off of the engine.

As “mild hybrids” like the Honda IMA system and GM’s eAssist have diminished, automakers and suppliers pushing 48V as a cost-effective means to meet regulations have taken to calling them “mild hybrids.” As such, you will see some journalists dutifully passing along the moniker without scrutiny in the latest example of marketing-induced copy.

And indeed, AMG is touting its 48V “mild hybrid” system – which does add power via a potent starter-alternator – in the CLS 53, E53 Coupe, and E 53 Cabriolet. All are new models positioned between the E 400 cars and the big-V8 AMG 63 models.

The shared 3.0-liter inline-six has 429 horsepower and 384 pounds-feet of torque. The EQ Boost integrated starter-alternator fits between the engine and nine-speed automatic transmission and adds 21 horsepower with 184 pounds-feet of torque.

The cars otherwise are packed with creature comforts, excellent handling, and style, and an awesome drive experiment is assured. Fuel economy on the EU cycle is 28 mpg when not using all those horses, and driving very tamely.

Honda Insight Prototype

A true full hybrid, and the revival of a most-famous hybrid car’s name that started the U.S. hybrid era in 2000 is the Insight Prototype – nearly production ready, and due for launch.

Both the Insight and Toyota Prius hatchbacks launched within months of each other 18 years ago, and as most know, the Prius surpassed the mild hybrid Insight’s popularity last decade into this with its more-effective full hybrid system.

Redesigned to sedan form, the new Insight is now a full hybrid as well, lacking nothing in the technology department as Honda has been hard at work updating its hybrid systems the past few years.

The car that borrows styling cues from the 2.0-liter Accord Hybrid features a smaller 1.5-liter 2-motor hybrid system related to what’s in that car and the Clarity PHEV – will sit above the Civic in the model range.

Honda says in most conditions the Insight operates on electric power only, drawing energy from the engine (operating as a generator) or battery. The hybrid batteries located under the rear seats provides for a full-size trunk with the flexibility of available 60/40 split and folding rear seats.

Fuel economy will be “in excess of 50 mpg” says Honda.

Premium equipment like perforated leather seating, 8-inch Display Audio with touchscreen and 7-inch digital LCD driver’s meter are included, as are Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air system updates.

To be produced in Honda’s Greensburg, Ind. plant, the Insight looks like a solid offering.