Latest news is that Lotus’ first SUV, scheduled for 2022, is expected to have all-electric, rather than hybrid, engines, as announced by the British manufacturer.
The model is already in early development, but the Chinese company Geely, a builder who owns Lotus, decided to prioritize the 100% electric version, which should follow the hybrid alternative.
Latest news: confirmation of 100% electric SUV Lotus
With the code name Lambda, the first reports on the unprecedented Lotus SUV date back to 2016. Originally planned with a hybrid petrol engine, the model will be produced in a specific section of Geely’s new billion-euro plant in Wuhan, China, and will be based on the recently announced ‘Sustainable Experience Architecture’ of the Asian manufacturer, which is transversal to Volvo and Polestar, brands that are also part of the Geely consortium. All engineering decisions will still be made in Hethel, in the United Kingdom, at the Lotus plant, whose managers will also have the authorization to choose the best components available in the Chinese group’s organ bank.
The next Lotus SUV will be offered in two electric variants (BEV); a basic with two engines generating a combined power of more than 600 hp and a top-of-the-range engine that could exceed 750 hp. In addition, Lotus intends that both offer a range of not less than 580 km.
Lotus’ goal is also to make its electric SUV the lightest in the segment, sparing no effort in using lightweight materials in its construction. For this, the engineers of the British sports manufacturer will use the knowledge acquired with Evija, specifically for the design of the driving unit.
Lotus will unveil its electric SUV in 2022, but the commercial launch is not expected until the following year.