The New Lotus Eletre Electric SUV Is Different From Anything the Company Has Ever Produced

Quite a departure for Lotus, the new Eletre Electric SUV has got the auto industry talking. So what is so controversial about this futuristic vehicle?
Written by Elaine Duvet
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Apr 13, 2022
Are you ready for this new wild and controversial vehicle from
Lotus
? The British automaker has revealed a hardcore Eletre electric
SUV
. Formerly known as the Type 132, this entry-level SUV sports insane specs and dramatic styling.
What’s your take on this aggressive-looking, and unusual car?

Get a load of some Lotus magic

2024 can’t come soon enough, as we anticipate this revolutionary high-performance electric SUV. Though it may remind you of a Lamborghini Urus, the Eletre has a much more complex form.
According to
Road and Track
, “The 800V architecture will see it kicking off with 600hp, 0-62 in sub-3.0 seconds, and over 160mph.” If you think that’s impressive, just wait until the 900 hp-flagship model, which is predicted to hit 60 mph far below the three-second mark.
The Lotus Eletre’s target range is 373 miles with a 100+kWh battery. If you’ve got a 350kW charger, the Eletre will take only 20 minutes to
recharge
, giving drivers close to 350 miles.
Lotus teases a “five-link rear suspension, standard air suspension, and something called ‘Continuous Damping Control,’” Road and Track tells us. Rear steering, brake-operated torque vectoring, active ride height, and an active anti-roll bar can also be at your disposal. 
The SUV’s exterior is inspired by the digital age and is 17 feet long and a little more than 7-feet wide.
Car and Driver
notes “that the Eletre also gets active aerodynamics, including a closing grille shutter and a three-position rear spoiler.” 
Lotus spared no detail, implementing a “porosity” concept, allowing air to move to specific areas in the car which in turn reduces overall drag.For instance, the D-pillar and wheel arches have holes that have been strategically placed, and the world’s first Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) benefits drivers with a 3D map surrounding the car. 
We can also look forward to an Electric Reverse Mirror Display (ERMD). Instead of door mirrors, the vehicle has three cameras. “One to see behind you, one to give a bird’s eye view, and another to work with the car’s intelligent driving tech. And to help the LIDAR set up,” according to Road and Track. 
However, this system has yet to become legal in the U.S. so we may see the Eletre with conventional door mirrors after all.

The Eletre Lotus is ready to party

Inside, there are plenty of practical storage spaces and even one for your wallet. “Both four- and five-seat versions of the Eletre will be offered, the latter having a single rear bench in place of the separate seats,” Car and Driver reports. A sleek, panoramic glass roof is an available upgrade as well.
The Eletre is a team effort for sure. According to Road and Track, “When it comes to tech, Lotus teamed up with its global business in China, Sweden, Germany, and its new Technology Creative Centre in Warwickshire to pour in everything you could possibly want.”
Drivers will get a 15.1-inch OLED screen infotainment system, with an augmented reality heads-up display. “The cabin has a ‘blade of light’ that changes depending on what’s going on (charge status, phone calls, etc), and it’ll come with the standard raft of OTA updates, an app, and smart connectivity tech,” Road and Track notes.
The cabin feels light, airy, and
luxurious
. Instead of the traditional leather we’re used to seeing, the Eletre features synthetic fabrics that weigh 50% less. 
The full-width light bar on the liftgate can change various colors like orange, red, green, and blue. However, at stoplights and with turn signals, the car will only display legally permitted colors. The lights will also communicate battery charge status and showcase colorful animation when the vehicle is unlocked. 

A new direction for the British automaker

Lotus has shifted its focus pertaining to its global brand and business. A bold move for the company, the Lotus Eletre is predicted to make waves in the auto industry with its exciting powertrain and production set in Wuhan,
China
.
Instead of a typical two-seater, the company was driven by the international market. According to Road and Track, managing director Matt Windle said, “We expect the large premium SUV market to expand significantly versus other segments, leading to strong opportunities for Lotus.” 
In particular, Lotus has its eye on markets like the U.S. and China. And we can look forward to their smaller option, the D-segment SUV that will be available in 2025.
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