This may very well become the best driver's SUV in the world.
It's been a tough year but Lotus clearly has plans to end 2020 on a high. Earlier this month, we learned that the marque would be unveiling an SUV before the end of the year. Set to be called the Lambda, it will compete with other high-performance crossovers such as the Porsche Cayenne Coupe and the Aston Martin DBX. This comes as little surprise considering Lotus' expertise in producing lightweight sports cars such as the spectacular Evija. For now, not much is known about the Lambda, but Kolesa has given us a first look into how the SUV may look with two renderings.
This coupe-style SUV showcases a sloping roofline which has become immensely popular, giving it stylish proportions but probably impacting on passenger and cargo room. In front, the Lambda rendering immediately reminds one of certain Jaguar SUVs like the E-Pace, especially when it comes to the shape of the grille. The side profile is more unique, with deep character lines, large wheel arches, and a high-mounted fuel filler cap above the rear wheel. At the back, the Lambda more closely resembles other members of the Lotus family with rounded taillights connected by a darkened section displaying the Lotus name. The side glasshouse resembles that of the Lotus APX Concept SUV shown way back in 2006.
A rear spoiler, dual exhaust outlets, and a steeply angled rear window complete the look. Underneath its sporty skin, the Lotus Lambda is expected to share the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform with Volvo products such as the XC60 and XC90. Powertrains are rumored to include both plug-in hybrid and fully electric options, with the latter producing up to 750 horsepower from four electric motors. With its stylish looks and the Lotus DNA which should infuse this SUV with some of the aerodynamic design details seen in cars like the Evija, the Lambda should make a splash when it does eventually arrive, although this is only expected to happen in 2022.