It was just yesterday when Lotus put out a post about its upcoming all-electric SUV, where we saw a giant sign that read ’Eletre’ floating on a barge on the River Thames in London. Well, the wait is almost over.
The All New Lotus Electre
Known internally as the Type 132, Lotus first confirmed an all-electric SUV back in August last year. Size-wise, Lotus has said that its electric SUV should slot in somewhere between the likes of a BMW X5 or the Range Rover Sport, and looking at the car, you can certainly say that. Speaking of which, let’s do a quick rundown on the design, shall we?. At first glance, it almost looks Lambo-esque, especially in this bright shade of yellow. Upfront, you’ve got boomerang style headlights with air inlets hiding at the flanks of the wide gaping mouth. I especially dig the aggressive-looking hood.
The strong shoulder-like, contrasting black roof and bold shoulder line lend a coupe-like form to the Eletre.
But, it’s when you view the Eletre from the side that you really get a grasp of its length. I love how the designers have scooped into the front door to channel air exiting from behind the front fender. The wheels look like 21- or 22 inches to me, and they sure look sporty.
Moving to the rear, this is where things get really interesting. It almost looks concept car-ish, which is saying a lot, isn’t it? A full-length light bar with ’Lotus’ embedded in a tiny font looks like a class act. While the light bar itself extends the full width of the vehicle, you’ve got very aggressive aero work. I guess, in a way, this makes the backend look even more purposeful, now that there are no exhaust pipes.
As impressive as the outside looks, it’s the inside where Lotus has put in a lot of work. This is, by far, the roomiest Lotus of all time. In keeping with the times, the center is dominated by a giant screen, with the bright yellow accents continuing onto the inside as well. The squarish steering seen here is now becoming more common and is definitely a sporty touch. You also can’t miss the tiny information display. Is it similar to the rotating screen we’ve seen on the Mclaren 720S? Maybe. We’ll know in a few hours.
The Eletre will be based on Lotus’ SEA (Sustainable Experience Architecture) that could likely house a 100-k-Wh battery pack with dual motors, one for each axle, with power figures in excess of 500 horsepower.
Hardcore Lotus enthusiasts just can’t wrap their heads around an all-electric crossover, but unfortunately in keeping with the times, in order to stay afloat and competitive, automakers have no other choice. Even the likes of Ferrari with the upcoming Purosangue is proof of it. Apart from the Type 132, the British automaker has also confirmed the Type 133 – a four-door coupe, Type 134 – a smaller SUV, and Type 135 a full-on all-electric sports car, that will be put together at Lotus’ facility in Hethel, England.
We’re just hours away from the official unveiling of the Lotus Eletre. Watch this space for all updates.