The British carmaker, Lotus cars have unveiled their first-ever all-electric SUV. The Lotus Eletre SUV is an EV inspired by their hypercar Evija. The Eletre is the first of three EVs planned to roll out in the next 4 years. Geely owned carmaker is slowly getting back into business after a few rough years in their history.
The SUV is almost production-ready with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2023 and will be manufactured in Wuhan, China. The Eletre is a new addition to the luxury electric SUV segment such as the Tesla Model X, BMW iX, Audi e–tron and the Mercedes-Benz EQC.
Lotus Eletre Battery and performance
Let’s begin with the heart of the SUV. Lotus hasn’t revealed the exact specifications of the battery, but we expect it to be over 100 kWh. The dual-motor setup drives all four wheels producing around 600 hp. Limited to a top speed of 162 mph (260 kmph), the Eletre can sprint from 0 to 100 in under 3 seconds. This is very close to the Tesla Model X Plaid performance which is claimed to be 2.5 seconds. A high-performance Eletre is also coming which could go quicker than the Model X Plaid.
It supports the 800V charging system so with a 350 kW charger the car can fill up from 0 to 80% of charge in 18 minutes. This is almost 400 km of range with just 20 mins of charging time. The WLTP claimed range is 600 km on a single full charge.
Lotus Eletre Design
The Eletre is built on the brand’s new premium electric architecture with the flexibility to fit in different battery sizes, component layouts and electric motors. It is 5.1 m long, 2.2 m wide, 1.6 m tall with a wheelbase of 3.01 m.
You could mistake the Eletre for Lamborghini Urus because of the overhanging front lip and the huge air dam. But the car is unique on its own with a lot of aero elements all across the car. The split headlight setup looks cool but the air vents make it look futuristic. You can find air vents on the Bonnet, the lower side of the bumper, fenders, behind the C pillars, and the Evija-inspired air vents on the rear quarter panel. It also has an active air vent in the lower part of the front bumper that opens only when the battery needs cooling.
The sharp roofline, with the diamond-cut alloys, gives it an aggressive stance from the side. In fact, the amazing looking alloys are designed to lower drag as well. It also gets flush door handles.
The rear end air winglet on top of the tailgate looks weird but serves a purpose. It also has an active rear spoiler on the centre of the tailgate just over the taillight strip. The diffuser also gets drag-reducing vents in them.
Lotus Eletre interior
The interiors are still not production-ready but will feature most of it. The first thing you notice is the two pads on the dashboard mimicking the rear air winglets. The Alcantara-like material is used on the centre console, door panels and dashboard.
The coolest feature of the car is the infotainment system. What seems to be a horizontally placed screen comes to life when the car is turned on i.e the entire screen angles towards you. However, the driver instrument cluster feels unconventional because it’s just a single strip display that only shows key information. This is because Lotus has a standard heads-up display for the Eletre. Additionally, the front passenger also gets the single strip display on their side.
Lotus provides the option of either a 2 seat or 3 seat bench for the second row. The 2-seater bench will feature a fancy armrest with storage space. Talking about storage it has a boot space of 400 litres.
Lotus has introduced a certain level of autonomous driving (not fully autonomous). It can drive only in certain scenarios and can auto park and come back to you from the parking. All this is achieved through the cameras and LIDAR sensors placed on the fender and roof of the car. They only pop out when the car is put into autonomous mode.
The advanced driver assists system in the Eletre includes: adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, front and rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, auto park, 360-degree camera and more.
The price of the Lotus Eletre is expected to start from £1,00,000. Based on the same platform as the Eletre, Lotus will also introduce an electric Compact SUV and a sedan in the coming years.
1. Which all cars does Lotus sell?
They sell the petrol-powered Emira and the limited production Evija electric hypercar.
2. What is the specification of the Lotus Evija?
The electric hypercar Lotus Evija is powered by a 70 kWh battery with 4 individual electric motors on each wheel capable of producing 500 hp. The combined power output is 2000 hp and 1,700 Nm of torque.