The promise of a Lotus SUV has been met with many raised eyebrows from critics as yet another sports car maker tries to tackle the lucrative SUV segment. The likes of Jaguar, Bentley, and Lamborghini all have their eyes firmly clamped on taking a slice of the SUV pie away from the established ranges of the premium German brands. It seems a solid plan given forecasters suggesting that SUVs will account for half of all car sales by 2020.
Lotus is probably the most obscure manufacturer to hint at a SUV even though it first displayed its willingness to attack the sector back in 2006 at the Geneva Motor Show. Now its Chief, Jean-Marc Gales, has admitted so much money in the segment Lotus just could not ignore it any further. That said, he also told the Daily Telegraph that they will ensure any SUV embossed with the Lotus badge is something that founder Colin Chapman would be proud of.
The model will likely be aimed squarely at the Porsche Macan in terms of direct competition. It is the manufacturer’s intention to guarantee that it will be at least 200kg lighter than Porsche’s compact SUV and a lot lower to make it just as agile and adept at cornering as its siblings. Looks-wise, Gales has indicated that the front may be similar to the Eleven-3 (pictured), but the side profile will be based around a much older Elise; either way it won’t be dull.
Lotus is hoping to launch their SUV in 2019 with sales toppling 10,000 by the end of the year.