Here’s exactly what is learnt about the Lotus crossover so far: it will be built in China, its name will start with “E” (Perhaps the Elope? Who understands?) and it will have emphasis on efficiency by being the lightest and fastest in its sector. Initially, the CUV will release in China before eventually expanding to Europe and Japan, however there is still no word as to whether clients in the U.S. will ever have access to this vehicle. It would be hard to imagine Lotus not bringing a crossover to among the largest markets for crossovers and SUVs, however it would require additional engineering (read: weight) to satisfy U.S. vehicle policies.
2018 Lotus SUV Design
There is no informing exactly what the final product will look like, but it’s an excellent bet it will look nothing like the Lotus APX Concept that debuted at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show. Our making shows what Lotus’ existing style language appears like on a bigger scale, consisting of a mix of hard edges and soft, hot lines. The interior of the Lotus crossover will undoubtedly concentrate on the driver and front traveler, but the two-box design will open up a lot of room for rear occupants and some cargo. As we recently learned from Aston Martin, the high-riding Lotus could appeal to more women purchasers with its added utility and adaptability.
2018 Lotus SUV Engine
This is the area that will make or break the Lotus crossover, so expect Lotus to go all-out in establishing the drivetrain and chassis. Powering the crossover, Lotus could still utilize one or both of the Toyota-sourced powerplants utilized in other Lotus cars, like the 1.6-liter four-cylinder or the 3.5-liter V-6– both offered with or without superchargers. Sticking to the reliable design of its existing model lineup, rather than giving the crossover a high-powered engine, Lotus will focus on a high power-to-weight ratio by making this one of the lightest crossovers in its section, weighing about 440 pounds (200 kg) less than its competitors.
2018 Lotus SUV Price and Release Date
Compact performance crossovers are on the rise, but expect this Lotus to cost significantly more due to its lower volume. In all likelihood, the Lotus crossover will be the highest-priced offering in the Lotus lineup, maybe beginning above the $80,000 Evora, so it wouldn’t be tough to think of the higher performance and fully equipped versions of this crossover commanding more than $100,000. There is guesswork that the 2018 Lotus SUV will start to be introduced this years or somewhere in next year.