When Lotus wanted to make an SUV...
Back in 2006, the British marque attempted to diversify. Their efforts led to the creation of this...
The APX is not a name that springs to mind whenever someone asks for an example of a Lotus car. Yet, back in 2006 making an SUV seemed like a good option for the company, and beneath the body that looked like a Pontiac Aztec that received a medium-quality Kylie Jenner treatment, it showed some genius.
APX stands for 'Aluminium Performance Crossover', which is not a random name choice, considering that the car is made from absolutely nothing else. Beneath the all-aluminium bonnet, the car had a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 which produced 300bhp, allowing it to go 0-62 in 5sec and achieve a top speed of 152mph.
Lotus also partnered with an American company called ZAP to produce an electric version of the APX for the US market known as ZAP-X, which gave people hope that the car would be put into production. However, both the original and the electric crossover projects never got off the ground.
Instead, at the 2010 Paris Motor Show press conference, the company unveiled something better; an Elise concept that looked absolutely stunning and even better than the APX. The car was set to be the third-generation model of the famous line, and it indeed launched a year later, although the engine was downgraded from a 2-litre inline-4 to 1.6 litre and 1.8 litre supercharged engines, and the design was changed in order to resemble the second-generation Elise.
Thankfully (depends how you look at it), recently Lotus has revived its plans for an SUV, which is set to be all-electric and is set to be released in 2022.