The all-new and all-electric Lotus Eletre is a striking and progressive Hyper-SUV - Car Blog

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        The Lotus Eletre begins the historic British brand’s reinvention as an electric performance car firm offering a breadth of vehicles, rather than just the sports cars for which it is traditionally known.

        The SUV is the first of four EVs set to arrive by 2025 from the Geely-owned British brand. Until now, the Eletre was codenamed Type 132 and the subsequent electric models are currently known as Type 133, Type 134 and Type 135, the last of which is the Lotus Evija hypercar.The SUV is the first of four EVs set to arrive by 2025 from the Geely-owned British brand. Until now, the Eletre was codenamed Type 132 and the subsequent electric models are currently known as Type 133, Type 134 and Type 135, the last of which is the Lotus Evija hypercar.



        The Lotus Eletre is 4WD, has a battery capacity that's over 100kWh and with power from 600hp. A 350kW charger will deliver a 400km (248 miles) range in just 20 minutes. The car's target maximum WLTP driving range is c.600km (c.373 miles). It also comes with the ability as standard to accept 22kW AC charging which, where available, reduces the time plugged in.

        Technology includes the most advanced active aerodynamics package on any production SUV, and intelligent driving technologies such as the world's first deployable Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system in a production car. Add in a dynamic walk-up sequence that delivers a moment of theatre every time the driver approaches the car, and it's clear the Eletre is making a simple statement - this is Lotus reinvented, the birth of a new icon into the Lotus stable.


The Lotus Eletre in detail



        The Eletre is a new icon from Lotus. It is the latest in a long line of Lotus road cars whose name begins with the letter E, and means 'Coming to Life' in some Eastern European languages. It's an appropriate link as the Eletre marks the start of a new chapter in the history of Lotus - the first accessible EV and the first SUV.

        The immersive experience with the Lotus Eletre begins before the driver has reached the car. Pressing the button on the key or smartphone app activates a moment of theatre that's unique in the automotive world. The car's exterior lights run through a short sequence, the active front grille 'breathes' and the illuminated flush door handles deploy. The experience is repeated inside the car as the door closes behind the occupant.

        Ben Payne, Head of Studio at LTCC, said: "This walk-up sequence is a 'peacock moment' - a little 'showing-off' that highlights the Eletre's engaging personality. It's a visual expression of a car coming to life, and a metaphor for the reinvention of the Lotus business and brand which begins with the Eletre."

        From the very earliest discussions about the car and its position at the heart of the Vision80-led transformation of Lotus, the Eletre was to be a showcase for how a Lotus can deliver performance-oriented driving thrills and refinement outside of the traditional sports car segments.

        It is 'Born British Raised Globally' and that is more than a slogan. It has defined a rewarding collaborative process which has set the standard for the development and quality of the next generation of Lotus performance cars.

        The fundamentals of what makes the Eletre a Lotus were established in Hethel, UK - the iconic home of Lotus since 1966. The global Lotus team worked together to deliver the strategic direction for the forthcoming range of Lotus lifestyle vehicles, plus the dynamic development, systems integration, aerodynamic optimisation and overall driver satisfaction of the Eletre.

        A new Lotus research and development facility, established in China in 2020, utilises the market's leading intelligent technologies and digital competencies to build the Eletre - and a new generation of electric high performance vehicles - at an all-new state-of-the-art manufacturing centre. Teams at Lotus Tech Innovation Centre (LTIC) in Raunheim, Germany, have assisted with component integration, durability testing, certification and homologation, with experts from the engineering team in Gothenburg, Sweden, working on the car's EV management systems.


Exterior design: daring and dramatic



        Design of the Lotus Eletre has been led by Ben Payne. His team has created a daring and dramatic new model with a cab-forward stance, long wheelbase and very short overhangs front and rear. Creative freedom comes from the absence of a petrol engine under the bonnet, while the short bonnet echoes the styling cues of Lotus' iconic mid-engined layout. Overall, there's a visual lightness to the car, creating the impression of a high-riding sports car rather than an SUV. The 'carved by air' design ethos which inspired the Evija and Emira is immediately obvious.

        Overall there is a unique sense of flow and a kinetic quality to the Eletre's front end, which also includes a deployable LIDAR sensor mounted at the top of the windscreen. All the black components are finished in carbon fibre while the body panels are aluminium. It is the bold leading edge of the Eletre's bonnet which continues round into the front wing, wheel arch and ultimately the length of the vehicle as a feature line. The car's taut and muscular lines are dominant above it, while the aerodynamic elements are below.



        Moving round the car, its muscular haunches dominate the profile view. The air outlet immediately behind the front wheels defines the sculpted shape of the doors, each of which has a flush handle. The electrically opening cover for the charging port is fitted in the front wing, as are the deployable LIDAR sensors, one on each side and a world-first technology for the Eletre.

        The aggressive rake of the windscreen is clearly visible in profile, with a relatively narrow, glass area - and black cantrail above - which tapers away dramatically at the rear. That leads into a unique floating D-pillar, engraved with the Eletre wordmark and featuring an innovative 'air blade' which aids drag reduction. Another example of porosity, it's an aerodynamic performance enhancement taken directly from the front bumper of the Emira.



        Each door mirror is replaced by an Electric Reverse Mirror Display (ERMD), which houses three different cameras - one for the rear-view mirror, a second to help create a 360-degree view of the car from above to aid parking, and a third that's part of the intelligent driving technologies. It works in tandem with the Eletre's LIDAR system to deliver autonomous driving capability. The car rides on 23-inch machine-cut split-finish five-spoke alloys with carbon fibre inserts to aid air flow and ceramic composite 10-piston caliper brakes.



        Moving to the rear, the full-width ribbon light strip picks up the feature line from the profile. Situated just above the Lotus wordmark, it is red when the car is moving and includes a scrolling directional indicator at each end, where it curves gently into the air outlets from the wheel arches - another design cue which echoes both the Emira and Evija. The light can appear in four colours, playing a role in the car's theatrical unlocking sequence and indicating battery charge status.



        The rear is dominated by the unique cantilevered carbon fibre 'floating' split roof spoiler, a motorsport-inspired design feature that evokes race car winglets. With the central section removed weight is saved - a very Lotus concept - and allows the LIDAR sensor to be integrated at the top of the glass. Optimised for exceptional aerodynamics, the roof spoiler channels airflow down the glass and into the active tailgate spoiler which is deployed automatically at speed. It has three distinct deployment angles, depending on the drive mode selected.


Interior design: a new level of premium for Lotus



        The Eletre takes Lotus interiors to an unprecedented new level. The performance-oriented and technical design is visually lightweight, using ultra-premium materials to deliver an exceptional customer experience. Shown with four individual seats, this is available to customers alongside the more traditional five-seat layout. Above, a fixed panoramic glass sunroof adds to the bright and spacious feeling inside.

        Sustainability has been a core focus of the design team, which has worked with leading supplier Kvadrat on material choices. The interior uses premium feel and highly durable man-made microfibres on the primary touchpoints, and an advanced wool-blend fabric on the seats. It is 50% lighter than traditional leather, allowing for further weight savings. The hard materials are carbon fibre, though rather than use the traditional 'weave' most often associated with automotive design, Lotus has recycled the fibres trimmed from the edge of the weave. These have been reconstructed into a new matting, then compressed in a resin to create the car's premium marble-like finish.

        The driver-focused cockpit and high centre console are inspired by the Lotus Emira and Evija, creating a cossetted feeling. The layering of materials and textures creates a truly premium feel, augmented by a triangular theme - seen externally on the car's active front grille - replicated in multiple locations around the cabin.

        The Lotus philosophy of light-weighting - removing material if it's not needed - is clearly illustrated in the instrument panel. The floating wing's central section has been taken out, echoing the design of the rear spoiler.

        There is a wealth of practical storage space in the Eletre's cabin. The centre console includes a storage tray with wireless charging for mobile phones, as well as twin cupholders of different sizes which sit flush to the surface until they're needed. The beautifully sculpted door design includes storage that will take a litre bottle.

        The smart design is continued in the rear of the car, with space in the doors and between the two chairs. There is a central draw at knee height and the armrest splits behind the two cupholders. It ends in an angled nine-inch touch-screen for infotainment, with a wireless charging tray beneath.


Technology



        Lotus hasn’t traditionally been at the forefront of technology innovations, but it is seeking to change that with the Eletre.

        It has placed the world’s first deployable lidar sensors around the Eletre’s exterior, which enables it to offer level-four self-driving capability where this is allowed – namely China, which is ahead of the West on vehicle autonomy use.



        The hidden sensors emerge from the top of the windscreen and wheel arches when wanted. (The rear sensor is fixed.)

        Meanwhile, each door mirror is replaced by Lotus’s new Electric Reverse Mirror Display, which houses three cameras – one for the internal rear-view ‘mirror’, one to contribute to a 360deg view of the car and one as part of the intelligent driving technologies.


A dedicated all-new EV platform delivering outstanding performance



        Gavan Kershaw, Director, Attributes and Product Integrity, Lotus, has been involved in defining the attributes of the Eletre from the very start, and continues to lead the Hethel-based dynamics team in their collaborative work with colleagues in China, Sweden and Germany.

        He said: "Dynamically, the Eletre has been developed to deliver everything you would expect from a Lotus - outstanding ride and handling, highly communicative steering and exceptional driver engagement. From a performance perspective, we know the world is watching so there has been an obsession with getting everything just right. Everyone is delighted with it - it's a world-class product and a true Lotus."




        The Lotus Eletre is built on an all-new 800v dedicated electric vehicle architecture with integrated, high-voltage power distribution system. This architecture uses aluminium and high tensile steel for optimum structural rigidity. The flat 'skateboard-style' battery pack and electric motors are close to the ground to create a low centre of gravity and deliver on the core Lotus commitment of outstanding dynamic performance. The high energy density of the battery pack provides the best possible balance of performance and driving range. There are two electric motors, one driving the front wheels and another driving the rear wheels. A three-in-one electric drive system integrates each motor with a controller and reducer, an efficient design which makes the unit smaller and lighter - a very Lotus solution.




        Every Eletre comes with exceptional dynamics, outstanding comfort and true Lotus performance. The car has five-link suspension at the rear for optimised ride and handling, while standard equipment includes air suspension and Continuous Damping Control (CDC). Active ride height, active rear axle steering, an active anti-roll bar and torque vectoring via braking are all available.



        The car comes with four drive modes, which adjust the steering, damper settings, powertrain and accelerator pedal response. The modes are Range, Tour, Sport, Off-Road and Individual, and are standard on all versions of the car.

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