It will follow the Evija and Emira.
When you examine the high-riding APX concept from 2006, the concept of a Lotus SUV is far from new. The Aluminum Performance Crossover, on the other hand, never saw the light of day. The APX was meant to be powered by a supercharged V6 engine, but its spiritual descendant will be entirely electric. Eletre, the first road-going model from Norfolk on stilts, has been given a name ahead of tomorrow’s debut.
Eletre, despite predictions that she would be given the Lambda moniker, keeps the tradition of names beginning with “E” alive. It will be a milestone for Lotus, as it will be the company’s first automobile constructed in China. Lotus’ parent firm, Geely, is building a brand-new plant in Wuhan where it will be assembled. In addition, it’s going to be the first regular production EV since the Evija hypercar is capped at just 130 units.
Eletre will also launch a unique electric platform for “lifestyle” vehicles at the same time. The interior and exterior design of the SUV has been fully disclosed thanks to patent photographs attached here, but we’d say that it’s best to wait for official images before developing any opinions on how it appears. The new Eletre, codenamed Type 135 internally, will be around the size of a Porsche Cayenne.
Based on what we know so far about the platform, Lotus claims it was designed for vehicles with a wheelbase ranging from 2889 to 3100 millimetres (113.7 to 122 inches). Large battery packs with up to 120 kWh of capacity will provide the necessary power, while 800V technology will enable quick charging.
Large battery packs of up to 120 kWh will provide the necessary juice, while 800V tech will ensure fast charging capabilities. An educated guess tells us the Eletre will have all-wheel drive, meaning it’s going to pack dual electric motors.
In what will most certainly be the heaviest production Lotus ever, expect anywhere between 600 and 700 horsepower. The Evija already weighs 3,700 pounds (1,680 kilogrammes), so the Eletre shouldn’t be too much heavier than two Elise sports cars.
The SUV will be followed by a four-door coupe and a smaller crossover in the next two years. The Emira is Lotus’ penultimate ICE-powered vehicle, thus they’ll all be electric. A new sports car co-developed with Alpine will debut in 2026.