British model confirms arrival of three all-new sports activities automobiles, changing its present petrol-powered vary on account of be phased out by the tip of 2021.
Lotus’s sports activities automotive vary will (ultimately) bear a serious shake-up this decade, with the British model confirming the arrival of “a brand new collection of sports activities automobiles” set to launch within the coming years.
The brand new fashions is not going to sit alongside the present Elise, Exige and Evora sports activities automobiles, however relatively change them fully, with the present automobiles to finish manufacturing by the tip of 2021 – marking the tip of a trio of nameplates in use for the reason that Elise’s debut in 1995.
Whereas particular particulars of the brand new automobiles have but to be confirmed, a teaser picture launched by Lotus previews a trio of low-slung coupes, with styling and LED daytime-running mild signatures impressed by the Evija electrical hypercar.
Nevertheless, previous to the launch of the above three – understood to be direct replacements for the Elise, Exige and Evora – would be the debut of the primary of Lotus’s new sports-car vary, a automotive codenamed ‘Kind 131’ – following the Kind 130 and Kind 129 codes given to the newest Evija and 2016-18 3-Eleven track car respectively.
Given Lotus’s affirmation that manufacturing of Kind 131 prototypes will start someday this 12 months, it is possible the all-new Lotus sports activities automotive reported earlier this week for a debut in mid-2021 will in truth be the Kind 131, with the report courtesy of firm CEO Phil Popham in an interview with publication Automotive News Europe.
Through the aforementioned interview, Popham confirmed the unnamed mannequin would supply variants priced from £55,000 to £105,000 (AU$100,000 to AU$185,000), roughly overlapping with the present, three-pronged Lotus line-up – suggesting the three new automobiles proven within the teaser picture may in truth all be rebodied, uniquely-powered variants of the identical Kind 131 mannequin, pitched at completely different worth factors.
No particulars have been confirmed relating to the Elise, Exige and Evora replacements pictured within the teaser above.
It is unclear whether or not the 4 new sports activities automobiles confirmed this week embrace Lotus’s upcoming electrical sports activities automotive due by the center of the last decade, co-developed as part of a partnership with Alpine.
The assortment of recent fashions can be produced on the British model’s plant in Hethel, UK, which is able to bear a £100 million (AU$177 million) growth comprising the consolidation of two “sub-assembly services” into one central location, and the recruitment of 250 new workers in engineering and manufacturing.
Whereas Lotus’s 2021 will primarily give attention to its increasing future, the corporate guarantees a “full vary of actions” to have fun the ultimate 12 months of manufacturing of the 26-year-old Elise, 21-year-old Exige and 12-year-old Evora – automobiles which mixed have reached round 55,000 properties over their lifecycles.
“This 12 months can be massively vital for Lotus with new services approaching stream, a brand new sports activities automotive getting into manufacturing and new ranges of effectivity and high quality that solely a brand new automotive design and manufacturing unit can ship. Regardless of the persevering with international challenges, Lotus has emerged from 2020 robust and on monitor within the supply of our Imaginative and prescient80 marketing strategy”, mentioned CEO Phil Popham, CEO of Lotus Vehicles.
“As our Imaginative and prescient80 technique illustrates, Lotus is all about trying ahead, and our future is filled with steady innovation. In 2021 nonetheless, we can be reflecting on the legacy of our present vary, beginning with the Elise, a sports activities automotive that genuinely revolutionised the automotive trade, not solely as a result of it’s a legend-in-its-own-lifetime but additionally for its affect on automotive design and know-how.”
Lee Knappett, CEO of Lotus Vehicles Australia, added “We’re trying ahead to the arrival of the brand new collection Lotus sports activities automotive. It’s thrilling to consider a automotive that may ship the all necessary Lotus DNA of ‘For the Drivers’, in a platform that has broad viewers enchantment.”
“At current, we’re working with the manufacturing unit to safe our ultimate allocation of the present Elise, Exige and Evora vary earlier than manufacturing ceases. We anticipate international demand to be robust for the final of those iconic automobiles so we’ve already positioned the primary of our inventory orders.”
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