Known for the production of sports cars, Lotus is entering a market sector that has not existed until now. Therefore, it joins other iconic brands that have decided to follow the popular trend and add to their portfolio of models with SUVs. Previously, it was done by, among others, Lamborghini with the Urus, Aston Martin with the DBX, Bentley with the Bentayga or Rolls-Royce with the Cullinan. Ferrari will also present the Purosangue in all its sporting and entertaining glory at any time. And this is not the last word of luxury car manufacturers.
Lotus Eletre – the beginning of a new era
The Eletre is something completely new for Lotus – the first five-door production car, the first model outside the sports car segment and the first electric lifestyle car. As brand representatives assure, “it remains a true Lotus, a beautiful car carved in space, full of pioneering technologies, true sportiness and ease of use, created by a passionate international team.”
The Lotus SUV was built on a new 800-volt “Electrification Architecture” platform and had a battery with a capacity of more than 100 kWh and two engines (one for each axle) producing a total power of 600 HP. Such ability allows to accelerate to “hundred” in less than 3 seconds and a maximum speed of 260 km / h! According to WLTP, the maximum range of the car is approximately 600 km. In addition, thanks to the ability to use 350 kW fast chargers, you only need 20 minutes to fill up your energy for another 400 km. The car also comes with a 22 kW AC charger.
“In terms of dynamics, the Eletre has been developed to deliver everything you’d expect from Lotus – excellent ride and handling, highly responsive handling and exceptional driver engagement,” says Gavan Kershaw, Lotus director of Product Quality and Integrity. The car gets a five-link rear axle suspension to ensure better steering and handling, while standard equipment includes air suspension and Dynamic Damping Control (CDC). Also available are Active Ground Clearance Control, Active Rear Axle Steering, Active Anti Roll Stabilizer and torque vectoring when braking. In addition, the driver has a choice of five driving modes: Range, Tour, Sport, Off-Road and Individual, which adjust the steering, damper settings, drivetrain and accelerator pedal response. They are standard in all versions of the car.
Lotus Eletre – light notes
Eletre is 5.1 meters long, 2.1 meters wide and has a wheelbase of 3 meters, but due to the small SUV length of only 1.6 meters, its silhouette looks elegant and very powerful. The model’s body uses aluminum and carbon fiber, with the most advanced aerodynamics package ever found in a series production SUV. A distinctive feature of the design is its “porosity” – the aerodynamic principle of air flow through the car as well as below, above and around it. Porosity was a key part of Eviji’s design, an integral part of Emira’s model and a clear inspiration for Eletre. This is most noticeable where the air is directed under the front of the car and out through the two hood vents above. Other examples of porosity can be found in front and behind the front wheel arches, behind the rear wheels and even on the D pillar.
The active front grille consists of a network of interconnected triangular elements that remain closed when the vehicle is stationary or when needed to reduce air resistance while driving. They open in a characteristic manner to bring air to the radiator, allowing the Eletra to “breathe” when cooling of the electric motors, batteries and front brakes is needed. There are vents at the top of the D-pillars that connect to the roofed wings. They direct the air under the tail towards the active rear spoiler (it has three tilting angles depending on the driving situation), which is above a wide “Ribbon” of active LED lights (they can change the color, the sequence of lights depending on the situation ) The 23-inch five-spoke alloy wheels with carbon fiber inserts are also aerodynamically improved, with 10-piston calipers on ceramic brake discs underneath.
The car has no exterior mirrors. They are replaced by cameras – one shows the rear view, another gives a 360-degree view from above, and the third supports intelligent driving technology. The view from the camera is presented on the displays located on the door panels and on the dashboard. On the roof, attention is paid to special capsules that can be removed from LIDAR laser sensors, which are part of the autonomous driving system.
Lotus Eletre – free space
The interior combines quality finishes with ecological materials and modern and rich furnishings. The driver-oriented cockpit and long center console are inspired by the Lotus Emira and Evija. The slim digital watch comes with a large 15.1-inch touchscreen (automatically folds away when not needed) with a head-up display and augmented reality functions. On-board multimedia can be operated by voice or using the touch screen or special buttons. Thanks to the built-in 5G connection, the system can be updated remotely and will also allow you to purchase additional features while the car is in use.
Depending on the version, the interior offers space for four or five passengers and plenty of practical storage space, including in the center console and an inductive phone charger. Passengers can also charge wirelessly in the rear seats, and the resting area between the seats ends with a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The standard sound system in this car is provided by the famous British brand KEF. It’s called KEF Premium and it has 15 1380 W speakers, Uni-QTM system and surround sound technology.
There’s also a host of electronic assistants at their disposal, including: intelligent cruise control, forward collision mitigation assistance systems, traffic sign alert, rear cross traffic alert, forward cross traffic alert, assistant of change of ways, Child. Diagnostics, Lane Keeping Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Emergency Parking Brake, Rear Collision Mitigation Assist and Emergency Alert (E-Call).
Lotus Eletre – ready to order
The Lotus electric SUV is already available for sale in all global markets, and the first deliveries to customers will begin in 2023 in China, the UK and Europe. The price, depending on the local tax, starts around 100,000. pounds (PLN 550 thousand).