We're talking new sports cars, an SUV and even EVs.
Now that Lotus is flush with Chinese money thanks to new owner Geely, the UK sports car company can finally embark on long overdue expansion plans. In short, Lotus won't be limited to just sports cars, but also to EVs and an SUV. Speaking with Top Gear, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales confirmed that 2020 will be the year for the first new-era Lotus vehicle. What will it be? An SUV, perhaps? "It will definitely be different. But we will always be the benchmark in light weight, aero and handling," Gales said.
Lotus has a 10-year plan that Gales confirmed will be revealed next year. And yes, it does include EVs. Before you get concerned about the brand's "simplify, then add lightness" soul, Gales pledged sports cars will forever be the core. "We will always make sports cars. We make the most agile sports cars, the ones most about light weight. But we need to adapt to changing homologation laws. The sports cars we show in the next three years will be different to the ones we're building now." Question is, how different? Previous rumors suggested the next generation Elise and Exige will ride on an all-new platform. But it's still too early to know much about this. That's why next year's announcement is a big deal.
Not only will platform details become known, but also a timetable for that SUV and, more than likely, an EV or something else battery related. For now, Gales reiterated Lotus "will stay at 1,500 to 1,600 cars a year for the most next two to three years then after that, the sales go up. But we need new cars."