According to information from the specialized site Autocar, Lotus is preparing to release a high-end electric SUV with a minimum power of 650 horsepower, expected for the year 2022.
The Lotus automobile brand, mainly known for its sports cars, has so far been discreet when it comes to electric cars. Only one hypercar with high performance and responding to the name of Evija has been unveiled for the most fortunate and passionate: count 1.9 million euros to get your hands on one of the 130 copies produced in limited edition.
Un futur rival du Tesla Model X
The manufacturer now seems to want to tackle a larger target by preparing a 100% electric SUV, according to information fromCoach. Nicknamed “Lambda” internally – the eleventh letter of the Greek alphabet – the automobile is available in two variants with a power of 600 and 750 horsepower respectively. Beautiful cars in anticipation, therefore, which could also benefit from a range of 580 kilometers.
Lotus would nurture great ambitions for its model, which will have the mission of considerably increasing the brand’s sales volumes, in particular in the United States and in China, but also of competing with a certain Tesla Model X. The vehicle should therefore be positioned in the high-end segment. This Sport Utility Vehicle electrified is expected during the 2022 vintage.
Lotus is strategically repositioning itself
As such, this news echoes the words of the CEO of Lotus, in the person of Phil Popham, who recently spoke in more detail on the electric future of the group. This type of engine will be an integral part of their strategy.
One thing we believe in is the future of battery electric vehicles. And our goal is to offer them in the future. Electric is really well suited to sports vehicles, especially when it comes to torque, weight distribution, design and flexibility of dynamics.
The “Lambda” project first surfaced in 2016 under the era of Jean Marc Gales, CEO of Lotus Cars between 2014 and 2018. Initially designed to become a hybrid, the automobile has visibly evolved over the years: l The arrival of Chinese giant Geely as the majority shareholder of Lotus in 2017 may have played a role.