What more will we learn about the sporty electric SUV?
Some diehard fans will say that Lotus founder Colin Chapman is now rolling in his grave, but just look at how the Cayenne helped save Porsche from near-certain extinction. Lotus has already revealed the Eletre and several details about the vehicle, but the company will share some new information one week from today.
On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, Lotus will host a global broadcast to share more aspects of the design, technology, and dynamic performance. These details will include important figures such as range, prices, and specifications.
We know the Eletre rides on a new Lightweight Electric Premium Architecture (EPA) with 800-volt capability. This should provide extremely high charging speeds with the ability to add 248 miles of range in 20 minutes on a 350 kW charger.
A 100 kWh battery sends power to dual electric motors, working together to send around 591 horsepower to the ground. We will learn more concrete output figures during next week's announcement.
Lotus claims a 373-mile WLPT range, meaning the EPA range should be in the low 300-mile area. The 0-62 mph sprint is done in less than three seconds with a top speed of 161 mph. These figures easily place the Eletre in the upper echelon of electric performance SUVs.
Though nothing is confirmed, rumors suggest Lotus is working on a faster version with around 900 hp.
Of course, a Lotus needs to do more than go fast in a straight line.
The Eletre comes equipped with adaptive dampers, rear-axle steering, an active roll bar, torque vectoring, and 10-piston brake calipers with composite rotors. Drivers can adjust the settings via one of five drive modes: Range, Tour, Sport, Off-Road, and Individual. It may not be a featherweight by classic Lotus standards, but the Eletre's sub-4,400-pound curb weight makes it one of the lighter electric SUVs on the market.
We look forward to learning more about the Lotus Eletre, including how the pricing stacks up against the recently revealed Polestar 3, which starts at $85,300.