We had earlier reported that the new Lotus Crossover which will be built in collaboration with Goldstar Heavy Industrial Co in China, could make its way to the European markets.
Now, new details have emerged on the Lotus Crossover with Car Magazine reporting that the manufacturer will launch the vehicle in China by 2020, and its European debut set to follow closely after.
The new Crossover from Lotus will be similar in size to rival Porsche Macan, but will be 200 to 300 kilograms lighter. The lightweight structure on which the crossover will be built, would be wider and have a lower ground clearance than the Macan, the report claims.
Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales told the publication that the new SUV will look like an authentic Lotus, bearing a lightweight design, and will drive like no other SUV due to its light structure. The front of the Crossover will get design inspiration from the Lotus 3-Eleven (that was unveiled at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed) and the 1974 Lotus Elite.
The Lotus Crossover will initially be launched in China and if the vehicle enjoys success in the market the company will export it to the Europe. Gales went on to add that the vehicle may require some additional modifications for the European market like changes in the engine management and handling which will be made at the company’s manufacturing plant at Hethel, Norfolk, UK.
[Source – CarMagazine]