Unsatisfactory demand for SUVs around the world, but especially in key markets such as China and the United States, has led companies like Lotus, whose reputation is built on lightweight sports cars, to join the trend.
But with its new Eletre released on Tuesday, Lotus will be able to live up to its “light weight performance” mantra, at least as far as electric SUVs, which are notoriously heavy, are concerned.
Piston heads, Citing company insiders, reported on Wednesday that the Lotus target weight for the Elater is about 4,400 pounds. It’s certainly not light, but it’s light enough compared to the weight of competing offers. Both the Audi E-Tron and the Tesla Model X weigh about 900 pounds more than the Lotus. And the lotus is no small thing. At 200.9 inches, the Eletre is longer than both the E-Tron and the Model X. It is longer than a Range Rover and closer to some full-size luxury sedans in length.
Helping to reduce weight is Electric’s Bespoke platform, a modular EV design called Electric Premium Architecture (earlier evolution). It integrates a battery with a capacity of more than 100 kWh and features extensive use of aluminum over steel to reduce weight. Eletre’s body contains a mixture of aluminum and carbon fiber to lose more pounds. For buyers to lose more pounds, the offer will have a carbon-ceramic brake option.
Lotus is storing detailed specs until it is close to launch in the market in 2023 The time for the United States has not been announced, but an arrival for the 2024 model year is expected What we can confirm is that the entry-level model will come with a dual-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain that is good for at least 600 hp. Even this entry-level model will deliver a top speed of 0-60 mph and 161 mph in less than three seconds. A three-motor powertrain with more than 900 hp should also be offered at some point.
Following the launch of the Eletre, Lotus will launch a Type 133 four-door coupe in 2023 and a Type 134 small SUV in 2025. Lotus will then launch a Type 135 sports car in 2026, a model paired with an Alpine. Competition car. All vehicles will be electric, as Lotus has confirmed that the recently launched Emera sports car will end up fitted with an internal-combustion engine.