February 23, 2024

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New all-electric Lotus SUV to debut on 29 March

Lotus’s impending all-electrical SUV will be disclosed following thirty day period and these new images are our finest glimpse nonetheless. 

We previously know the SUV, codenamed Sort 132 in Lotus, will sit on the new ‘Premium Architecture’ – one of the firm’s four new platforms intended for electrification. Now we can see key particulars, these kinds of as the carbon inserts on the wheels, grooved brake discs, and flat-topped steering wheel, suggesting a focus on sportiness which could see it rival Porsche’s new electric Macan. 

The rear shot of the motor vehicle also indicates the SUV will supply rear-perspective cameras rather than wing mirrors and a comprehensive-duration rear mild bar also seen on the new Emira. 

Even though the electrical SUV may well battle to conform to Colin Chapman’s philosophy of ‘simplify, then include lightness’, there should be some impressive functionality readily available. The Top quality Architecture will have wheelbases ranging from 2,998mm to 3,100mm, and batteries 90kWh to 120kWh in capacity are getting designed for use within the platform. Lotus claims High quality Architecture automobiles will have motor units capable of propelling the automobiles from -62mph in underneath a few seconds. 

They’ll also be electrified at 800v, like the Porsche/Audi J1 platform underneath the Taycan and e-tron GT. This ought to end result in ultrafast 350kW charging capability. 

Lotus is now speaking openly about employing its Top quality Architecture for “an all-new variety of life-style vehicles” – predicted to be SUVs – that will “catapult Lotus into a new era of greater retail volumes and important revenues”.

Unlike the brand’s Hethel-built athletics autos, the Lotus ‘lifestyle’ designs will be constructed in China, at a new £900m manufacturing facility in Wuhan.

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