The First Lotus SUV Will Share The Platform With The Volvo XC60 And XC90
Group Lotus, the British manufacturer of racing and sports cars, is developing its first crossover. It will be launched in 4 years, the Maserati Levante and Porsche Macan are expected to be its rivals, the Autocar informs.
Last year Lotus changed the owner, it was purchased by Chinese Geely, which also owns Volvo. Not surprisingly, the new Lotus SUV is built on the same SPA chassis made of light high-strength steel as the Volvo XC90 and XC60.
The Lotus crossover will be Levante-sized and weight up to 2 tons. According to Jean-Marc Gales, Group Lotus CEO, the motor range will include 4-cylinder units, there will be a hybrid version too (presumably Twin Engine of 407 hp, as on the Volvo XC90).
The vehicle will take electrical architecture and equipment from Volvo, including a large touch screen. Within the next 2 months the design will be fully approved, and while the patent drawings give a general idea of the SUV’s exterior.
The new crossover will do without a sports front in the Porsche’s Cayenne style, but it should be recognizable as Lotus, Mr. Giles says, while adding that he is inspired by the Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s design.
The expected cost is 68,400-79,800 euros. Last year’s Lotus prices averaged 68,500 euros.