Lotus, the historic English firm specializing in the manufacture of lightweight sports cars, has begun a process of transformation since its acquisition by the Geely group: the legendary company will change its philosophy to become a luxury firm capable of rivaling heavyweights such as Maserati or Porsche.
To achieve this, it will bet decisively on electrification: the recently presented Emira supercar will be its last model with internal combustion engines. In addition, Lotus will enter to compete in new segments with the launch of SUVs and sedans, which will not be produced in Hethel (UK), but in Wuhan (China).
Its first wide-spread model will be the Type 132, an executive SUV (segment E) that will be presented on March 29. This vehicle will be in charge of launching the Lotus Premium platform, an architecture developed specifically for high-performance electric cars that will later reach the Type 133 (executive saloon) and Type 134 (medium SUV).
Previous leaks indicate that the Lotus Type 132 will be available in two versions, both with all-wheel drive. The first will have a powertrain of 600 hp, while the second will go to 750 hp. The top model should be able to complete 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds, which will make it one of the most performing SUVs on the international scene. The Lotus Premium platform will be able to accommodate batteries between 92 and 120 kWh, while its 800-volt electrical system will allow ultra-fast direct current charging.
Aesthetically, the youngest of Lotus will sport the evolution of the design language of the Evija and Emira. Boomerang-shaped headlights, hexagon-patterned air intakes, and a rising sideline give it a highly dynamic look, while the generous wheelbase and forward windscreen make its electric nature clear. The rear, starring some pilots united across the width of the gate, will be crowned by a spoiler divided into two sections. The technological touch will be provided by rear-view cameras, recessed door handles, and LiDAR sensors on the roof.