The Eletre's name comes days before the official debut.
We've got to admit, the name "Lotus Type 132" certainly had a ring to it. It sounded technical, advanced, maybe even a little futuristic. Plus, the numbers were pretty easy for us to remember. But Lotus has thrown that codename out the window just days ahead of the Type 132's official debut on March 29th. Or rather: the Lotus Eletre's official debut. Yes, Lotus' new electric SUV now has a name.
Earlier this month, we got a look at the Eletre's design patents, with both the exterior and the interior of the Eletre being shown to us for the first time. In addition to that, the Hethel-based brand also gave us some official teasers (below) of the new electric SUV. Now that it has a name, the thing feels more real than ever.
The look (or what looks we've gotten) of the Eletre will clearly be defined by the styling of the Lotus Emira and will be the brand's first production EV ever. Lotus has shown us design cues like crescent-shaped headlights and a wraparound lightbar loosely reminiscent of its new Emira sports car. The same can also be said for the Eletre's severely raked roofline and flush door handles.
It'll also be the brand's first-ever SUV, built to compete with the likes of the Ford Mustang Mach E, Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron Sportback, and others, including Tesla's own SUVs. Lotus hopes the Eletre will serve as a cornerstone of the brand's growth since its acquisition by Chinese-owned auto-titan Geely, the same company which now controls both Volvo and Polestar. Ahead of the debut, exact specs are more rough estimates than anything else.
Lotus claims the Eletre will hit 60 mph in less than three seconds and will show up on showroom floors with roughly 600-750 horsepower, motivated by either two or four wheels. That all sounds lovely, but Lotus' lightweight philosophy doesn't translate well to electric SUVs, which are traditionally very heavy. We're curious to see how one of the world's most storied supercar makers handles that issue, if at all. We'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out.