Lotus is ready to develop past the world of light-weight sports activities vehicles by launching its first SUV, an electrical efficiency providing often called the Eletre, which first appeared in March.
On Tuesday, Lotus confirmed the ultimate specs, in addition to pricing data for the preliminary launch markets. The Eletre begins gross sales in Europe in 2023 and can start to roll out in different markets, together with the U.S., in 2024, the corporate mentioned.
Pricing in Lotus’ house market of the U.Okay. will begin at 89,500 British kilos (roughly $102,620). Pricing for the U.S. can be introduced nearer to the native launch.
Lotus will provide three grades, a base Eletre, a mid-range Eletre S, and the range-topping Eletre R. The bottom and S grades share a powertrain, on this case a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup with a single-speed transmission and a peak of 603 hp. The Eletre R includes a 2-speed transmission and a peak of 905 hp. The additional energy and gearing assist the R mannequin dash to 62 mph from relaxation in just below 3.0 seconds and hit a prime velocity of 165 mph. The bottom and S grades ship 0-62 mph acceleration in 4.5 seconds and a prime velocity of 160 mph.
The only real battery supplied within the Eletre is a 112-kwh unit that Lotus mentioned may be charged from 10-80% in 20 minutes when utilizing a DC quick charger with help for 350-kw charging. Lotus quotes a most vary of 373 miles for the bottom and S grades and 304 miles for the R, calculated utilizing the extra beneficiant WLTP check cycle used abroad. The figures ought to drop considerably when measured beneath the stricter EPA cycle.
The Eletre relies on a modular EV platform referred to as Electrical Premium Structure (beforehand Evolution), and it is loads greater than followers may anticipate. Measuring in at 200.9 inches, the Eletre is longer than a Vary Rover and shut in size to some full-size luxurious sedans. Lotus hasn’t mentioned how a lot the Eletre weighs, but it surely’s been reported the goal weight for engineers was 4,400 lb, or round 900 lb lower than the smaller Audi E-Tron and Tesla Mannequin X.
Normal options within the Eletre embody air suspension, torque vectoring, matrix LED headlights, energetic grille shutters, 22-inch wheels, wi-fi charging for cellular gadgets, 12-way power-adjustable entrance seats, four-zone computerized local weather management, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 15.1-inch infotainment display screen (with Lotus’ personal Lotus Hyper OS working system), and a 15-speaker KEF audio system with help for Dolby Atmos encompass sound. 5 seats can be customary, however a four-seat choice can be accessible.
Additionally customary can be a lidar sensor that Lotus mentioned will allow self-driving functionality when the expertise and market rules are prepared. Lotus additionally mentioned it’s growing a self-driving mode for well-known racetracks, together with Germany’s Nürburgring. This manner novice drivers can expertise what a lap pushed by knowledgeable racer is like.
Manufacturing of the Eletre is being dealt with at Lotus’ new plant in Wuhan, China.