Lotus - 8 New Models and Going Premium by 2023!
It's a massive push from the small brand!
Geely. A giant corporate monster, gobbling up small car brands and destroying them. Or so the media would have you believe. Unbeknown to anyone outside of China, Geely has similar status to PSA or the the BMW Group over there. And it's proved so far to be a generous benefactor. Volvo was swallowed up a few years ago, and now they have just brought out the best range of cars they have ever had, a range that truly makes you think: 'Why do people buy Audis?'
Or look at the London Taxi company. The model invaded the Capital decades ago, without replacement. Geely gave them enough money that they could build a new model, rebrand as the LEVC and start selling in large numbers again! Or look at Polestar. The sporty Volvo sub-brand that is defining sporty electric vehicles. Lotus is in good hands then!
The Lotus Evija
2020 Lotus Evija
The Lotus Evija is the first new model to come from Lotus, and in case you aren't a car geek, I'll give you the headlines: 2000bhp, 1700Nm, 0-60 in 2.5 seconds and 250 miles of charging in 18 minutes! Now, if you let me be a bit boring, I'll tell you that the performance figures are good, but the charging time is the revolutionary bit! 250 miles in 18 minutes! I'd like to see a Taycan or Tesla match that! Lotus is pushing home hard with the patriotism, as although it is being funded by a Chinese company, all parts are made in the UK!
The Lotus 'Sports Car'
Lotus Esprit Concept
The new Lotus sports car will arrive before the Elise! It will be brought into production in 2020! How exciting is this!
There have been rumours it will take on the Europa or Esprit names, and it will be powered by Lotus' new generation of engine and platform, which will eventually span across four sports cars. It is clear with this car that Lotus is trying to make it more usable as a third or even second car, and they have said they will focus on access in and out, comfort and a proper infotainment system. Sound worrying for a company that is known for lightness? Don't worry, it will still be under a tonne.
The Lotus Elise
2020 Lotus Elise Sport 220
The new Lotus Elise has been due for years, a it will be the first new mainstream model that Lotus brings to production, arriving on petrolhead driveways in 2022. I know that sounds like a long time away, but bear in mind that the design will have probably already been chosen, fundamental engineering will be done and towards the end of this year prototypes will hit the Artic Circle for testing. In 2021 the concept will be revealed and the motoring press will drive it later that year. When you put it like that, it doesn't seem like such an agonising wait.
The Mazda MX5 has regained it's mojo, and this makes for a tricky job a Lotus. To match that car, they need a sub 1 tonne kerb weight, chuckable handling and forgivable suspension to cope with British back lanes. It may shock you to find this out, but Lotus has a team of designers (what do they do all day?). Therefore, I am sure they will be incredibly thankful for a new model to design!
The Lotus Evora & Exige
For people who don't understand the difference between the Lotus sports cars, here is a quick explanation. At the base sits the Elise. It currently has 220-250bhp. The Exige is next, with performance between 350-430bhp. At the top sits the Evora, with 410-420bhp, but a more track-focussed approach. So, after the Elise is replaced in 2022, the new generation of Evora and Exige will follow with increased power outputs and a harsher ride. Not the most exciting, but still new models!
The Lotus Crossover and SUV
Lotus Evora Cup
I know. Sacrilege. Maybe not so much though, if they judge them right. If Lotus can bring to market their two soft-roaders, giving them good handling, a light kerb weight and proper agility then I believe they will be a success. If they are just rebadged XC60s or some kind Chinese SUV then they won't!
The Lotus Saloon
Yes, you heard right. Lotus is getting back into the front-engined sporty saloon game! This is geniunely exciting, as a modern Carlton could be cheap, fast and cool, and would have a place in today's market. This model will hit the road in 2023, and a GT 2 door variant is also on the table!
It is great news! Currently, Lotus has an ageing Elise and Exige, and an almost dead Evora. In 3 years time, they will have the Evija, the Exige, the Elise, the Evora, the Esprit, the Carlton and two crossovers! Which are you looking forward to the most? Comment below!