2023 Lotus Eletre-Lotus stated yesterday that the Eletre will be the official name for its first SUV, internally known as the Type 132. This is a crucial vehicle for Lotus as it attempts to shake off years of dismal false starts as the brand’s first-ever SUV and the first of its accessible EVs (the Evija hypercar has yet to hit the road and isn’t exactly a blue-collar hero). The automobile has been teased since last year, but it has now been revealed in all its electric splendour. While the style pays homage to the Lotus Emira, this is an SUV with its own personality, but is it good enough to compete with the Mustang Mach-E, Jaguar I-Pace, and Tesla SUVs?
2023 Lotus Eletre Exterior
SUVs aren’t usually considered candidates for the most gorgeous designs, and this one is no exception. Sure, it’s eye-catching, but it looks like this could be a Lamborghini Urus relative, at least from the front. If the car’s modern look doesn’t appeal to you, Lotus claims it has “the most advanced active aerodynamics package on any production SUV.The Eletre has a cab-forward stance, a long wheelbase (118.9 inches), and short front and rear overhangs (total length is 200.9 inches), and the automaker claims that “its ‘porosity’ – the aerodynamic principle of air flowing through the car as well as under, over, and around it” is a signature element of the design.The air exit vents in the hood, as well as the spaces front of and behind the front wheel arches, behind the rear wheels, and at the top of the D-pillar, demonstrate this.
Slim light clusters with daytime running lights and scrolling directional indicators give the front a threatening aspect. Matrix LED technology is available for the primary lamps, and below that is an active grille that can respond to the cooling needs of the electric motors, battery pack, and front brakes. The body is built of aluminum, with all black components finished in carbon fiber. The door handles are flush with the panels, and the charging outlet is in the front wing, where the deployable LIDAR sensors reside. Cameras in place of wing mirrors add to the car’s aesthetic and aerodynamic efficiency, however US-spec vehicles will have to make due with traditional mirrors.One mirror takes care of the back view, while a second helps generate a 360-degree picture, and a third works with the LIDAR system to assist with autonomous driving responsibilities for those who purchase the whole package.The car’s rear end adopts the full-width taillight craze. A split carbon fiber floating roof spoiler directs air down the glass to the active tailgate spoiler, which can be angled in three different ways depending on drive mode.
2023 Lotus Eletre Interior
Five seats or a sporty four-seat arrangement are available on the inside. A panoramic glass roof is available (outside of China) and provides light and space to the inside. Lotus collaborated with Kvadrat to find man-made microfibers for the principal touchpoints and “an innovative wool-blend fabric on the seats” in terms of materials. It is said that this leather is 50% lighter than traditional leather. Carbon fiber is a hard material, but instead of employing the usual weave used in the industry, Lotus has recycled the fibers snipped from the weave’s edge, reassembled them into new matting, and crushed them in a resin to create a distinctive, marble-like finish known as forged carbon.The floating rear spoiler is referenced in the floating instrument panel, while the triangular pattern seen on the front grille is reflected in the cabin design.Despite the emphasis on appearances, the cabin is still functional, with a storage tray that includes wireless smartphone charging and twin cupholders of varying sizes. Even the doors are designed to accommodate large water bottles, and the space between the back seats features a similar configuration with a nine-inch touchscreen for entertainment and another wireless charging access point.
A “blade of light” that runs across the cabin and is used to relay information to occupants, similar to Volkswagen’s ID.Light, adds to the high-tech vibe. The instrument cluster for the driver has been simplified and is now only 1.2 inches tall. This is duplicated on the passenger side and can display information like as music preferences or nearby points of interest. A 15.1-inch OLED touchscreen sits between these two strips and can be folded flat when not in use. The driver can also receive information from this via a head-up display that includes augmented reality technologies as standard. The Premium surround sound system from British firm KEF features 15 speakers and 1,380 watts of power.
2023 Lotus Eletre Powertrain
Group Lotus CEO Qingfeng Feng describes the Eletre as a “hyper SUV” that “is for individuals who dare to seek beyond the conventional and marks a turning point for our business and brand.” Lotus’ innovative 800-volt Electric Premium Architecture underpins the brand’s first production five-door (EPA). A battery with over 100 kilowatt-hours of capacity and two electric motors provide effective all-wheel drive in this skateboard-style construction. Although specific outputs have not been confirmed, the dual motors are capable of producing up to 600 metric horsepower (591 hp in our currency). The top speed is 161 mph, and the time from 0 to 62 mph is under three seconds. On the WLTP cycle, Lotus is aiming for a driving range of 373 miles, so expect a somewhat lower domestic rating.A 350-kW charger will give you 248 miles of range in 20 minutes when you need it.There will also be adaptive damping, active ride height adjustability, active rear-axle steering, an active roll bar, and torque vectoring during braking, the latter courtesy to enormous 10-piston calipers and ceramic composite rotors housed within standard 23-inch rims with carbon fiber inserts. Range, Tour, Sport, Off-Road, and Individual are the four drive modes that change steering, dampers, powertrain, and pedal responsiveness.
2023 Lotus Eletre Price
The Eletre will be constructed at Lotus’ new factory in Wuhan, China, later this year, although pricing and availability in the United States have yet to be determined. Final power outputs, as well as other specifications such as weight, will most likely be revealed closer to the market introduction.