A new rendering from Top Speed is probably the best one from all those you may have seen of the forthcoming Lotus crossover. Though it may be indigestible for hardcore Lotus fans who wished for the brand sticking to making sports cars, this decision is the key to volume sales. The crossover/SUV segment is a fast growing segment globally and so, even luxury carmakers like Bentley and Aston Martin are working on entering the segment in the near future to tap into its easy volumes and profits.
The Porsche Macan-rivaling crossover will be built in China. While the currently sold Evora, Exige and Elise sports cars will continue to be built exclusively at the company’s manufacturing facility at Hethel, Norfolk UK, the forthcoming crossover will be built in China with in alliance with Goldstar Heavy Industrial Co. The joint venture with the Chinese company was announced last month, for local production of Lotus cars and engines in China.
According to a previous report, the British sportscar maker will build a prototype version of the crossover in a year’s time, based on a platform created with its parent company DRB-HICOM’s subsidiary Proton. As per this report, the crossover’s platform will be made of steel and aluminum for keeping the kerb weight at around 1,500 to 1,600 kg. Market launch of the crossover is said to happen in 2019 while a hybrid version may be launched later.
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