Lotus succumbed to siren song when planning the exit of an SUV. But it will eventually abandon its hybrid engine in favor of an electric unit.
Since its inception in 1952, the Lotus brand has cultivated the spirit light is right by Colin Chapman, the founder. A philosophy that has become an industrial precept, favoring weight over power at the center of specifications to shine in the race. But times change and in order to survive, Lotus will make very big concessions on its DNA by offering… an SUV.
While the latter had to adopt a rather powerful hybrid powertrain to make people forget its mass, the firm of Hetel indicated that it would eventually equip itself with an electric powertrain. An energy transition which is always a surprise for purists, but which has already been initiated with the Lotus Evija.
Up to 750 electric hp and 580 km of range
This is what our colleagues at Autocar indicate, who point out that Lotus’s next SUV will be built in China, at the factories of Geely, which owns the English brand. Currently being developed under a Lynk & Co 01 SUV body, the Lotus SUV is expected to offer two different versions of 600 hp and 750 hp, with a maximum range of 580 km.
SUV sure, but Lotus above all, it will not forget to focus on feedback behind the wheel and on dynamic behavior. Lotus is also expected to focus on the overweight SUV, which plans to be the lightest in its class. It should see the light of day in 2023.