A couple of sketches that emerged online suggest that Lotus is readying a brand new SUV. Seems the SUV fever is widespread across the world considering that the British brand, responsible for manufacturing light and nimble sports cars, is moving on to newer fields. The first high-riding model in the company's history, the SUV will bear design cues from the Evora and Elise, and is likely to be introduced in 2021. The images, that surfaced first on Chinese car website PCAuto, suggest that the new SUV will have a sporty silhouette but with a raised and chunky body. Considering that the brand is moving some production to China, it is likely Lotus' first SUV will be built in the Asian country, also backed by the market's importance since SUVs are quite popular in Asia.
The suspension on the Lotus' new SUV is likely to have little travel, which indicates it will be focussed on on-road performance - a concept somewhat like the Porsche Macan rather than a rugged off-roader.
According to Autocar Professional, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has confirmed that the SUV would handle “like nothing else” and will maintain the brand’s lightweight, aerodynamic focus. Gales referred to the car as a crossover rather than an SUV, further suggesting an on-road focus.
Lotus' total sales top at about 1500 units a year, which is quite a tiny spec compared to giants like Porsche which clocks 2,40,000 units in sales per year. The new SUV, however, should be able to close the gap a little.