Lotus has made an appointment for next 29 March, through a new video teaser, to discover its new first SUV which will join the very recent Evija in the 100% electric range of the Sino-British manufacturer.
This new phase of the activity of the famous sports and racing car brand – founded in 1952 by Colin Chapman – is in fact linked to the current ownership of the company, which in 2017 became part of the Chinese group Geely (the same that controls Volvo and many other brands) and which also sees the previous car manufacturer, the Malaysian Proton, in the ownership with 49%.
The Lotus Type 132 SUV, this for the moment the model’s internal code name, will also mark a ‘break’ in industrial schemes because it will not be built in Norfolk, United Kingdom, but in Wuhan, China precisely at a Geely site. .
Based on a new ‘premium’ electric platform capable of accommodating battery packs from 92 up to 120 kWh, the new Lotus SUV will have dimensions close to those of a Porsche Cayenne (approximately 4.90 meters in length, 1.90 in width and 1 , 70 in height) and will be equipped with two electric motors with a total power of around 700 hp and four-wheel drive. Thanks to its 800 Volt architecture, the Lotus Type 132 SUV will be able to accept fast recharges, probably even higher than 250 kW, offering a range of around 500 km.
The first example of a new family of electric sports cars, with even greater attention to comfort and luxury, the new Type 132 – which could be called Lambda, interrupting the series of models with a name starting with the E – will have an all-round infotainment system. avant-garde, a fully digital dashboard, a complete Adas package with LiDar support for autonomous driving systems and also active aerodynamics solutions.
Its commercial launch – expected towards the end of 2022 – will be followed by the debut of the Lotus Type 133 four-door coupe, flanked by the compact Type 134 crossover, a four-door coupe and a segment D crossover (from which the future SUV will also derive. Alpine), both of course electric.
Expected, as had been anticipated with another teaser, also the Type 135, an internal name that has been attributed to a sports berlinetta.