We’ve seen our fair share of teasers for the first-ever Lotus SUV, but the Norfolk-based still has a few more to release until the world debut set for this spring. The latest previews allow us to take an early look at the “heart” of what is currently known by its “Type 132” internal codename. Of course, the heart metaphorically described by the Geely-owned marque is the electric motor. There should be two of them since logic tells us the EV will feature all-wheel drive.
In another teaser video, the Lotus SUV shows its swanky alloy wheel design with a two-tone finish and aerodynamically optimized spokes for improved efficiency. Previous tidbits shared by the British company included a folding touchscreen for the infotainment, along with an active rear spoiler. We also know it’s getting a LIDAR setup for an advanced autonomous driving system, while active shutters at the front will further boost aero.
The Lotus electric SUV won’t be built at home in the UK since it will be assembled at a new factory in Wuhan, China where a four-door coupe will follow in 2023. In development since 2016, the first high-riding model from the legendary sports car brand will ride on a dedicated electric car platform engineered for vehicles with 92 to 120 kWh batteries. 800V charging functionality will be supported, thus allowing the Type 132 to be among the quickest-charging EVs on the market.
It is believed Lotus is planning two launch versions with 600 and 750 horsepower, respectively. Both will have AWD as standard and should hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in around three seconds. In regards to size, the company has previously mentioned it will be an E-segment model, meaning it should be just about as big as a Porsche Cayenne. Lotus has already said the architecture will accommodate wheelbases varying from 2889 to 3100 mm.
Debuting in the coming months, the Lotus electric SUV will enter production in Wuhan in 2022, but deliveries might not start until the end of the year or early 2023.