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Friday, April 8, 2022

This is the first Lotus' hyper SUV made in China

~Hyper SUV~ After some time ago  Lotus Cars, the famous British car manufacturer had launched its electric-powered sportscar Evija followed by the birth of Emira known as the company's last petrol-engined sportscar. Recently, the car maker company based in Hethel, Norfolk, England, officially released the first and newest electric SUV, named the Lotus Eletre. At first glance, the unique and cool design actually reminds us for a moment of the SUV made by the Italian manufacturer, Lamborghini Urus.
The birth of the Lotus Eletre marks a new era of Lotus as an EV maker that draws on elements from the Evija electric hypercar and the Emira sports car. (Picture from: Otomotif SIndoNews)
Besides that, it turns out that there is a more interesting fact related to the Lotus Eletre, which states that the world's first hyper electric SUV is actually not purely made by the Lotus's plant in England, due to this latest Lotus Eletre was made in China. Precisely at the Geely factory in Wuhan, China. How come? Of course this is possible, because currently Lotus is one of the automotive brands that has been owned by the Chinese automotive giant Geely Group, just like Volvo, Polestar, and Proton.
The Lotus Eletre electric-powered SUV is built on the basis of the Electric Premium Architecture (EPA) platform. (Picture from: Otomotif SIndoNews)
Although made by China, Lotus Eletre has many amazing things. As quoted of Autoblog, that the Lotus Eletre design is a slick blend of styles adopted from previous Lotus-made sportscars such as the Evija and Emira. And the combined design of both is later presented in a large-sized vehicle, high ground clearance and equipped with advanced technologies to seduce the market.
The Lotus Eletre cabin has a slim gauge cluster and a head-up display provides the driver with relevant info, front passengers get a similar slim display that can display infotainment options. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
Even though this electric-powered SUV is made in China, that doesn't mean Lotus really let it go in its design process. Well, the entire design and manufacturing process of the Eletre is still under the control of the British company through Ben Payne, Head of Design at Lotus Tech Creative Centre. No wonder when you look at the final result, where for a production car, the Lotus Eletre looks almost like a concept car. 
The Lotus Eletre interior comes in four- or five-seat configurations, so the customers will just have to adjust their choices according to their driving style preferences. (Picture from: BlackXperience)
The reason is that various futuristic elements are still perfectly installed in the Lotus' premium SUV. For example, the camera system instead of car mirrors, then there is the face detection feature inside the cabin, to a LIDAR Scanner mounted on the roof. Besides that, the Lotus Eletre itself is offered in two seat configurations, 4 and 5 seats. So consumers will just have to adjust their choices according to their driving style preferences.
Lotus isn't ready to divulge specific battery capacity, only told is the pack is more than 100 kWh and output starts at 600 horsepower all-wheel-drive, with a motor on each axle. (Picture from: Autoblog)
Furthermore, the Lotus Eletre electric car is built on the basis of the Electric Premium Architecture (EPA) platform and Lotus isn't ready to divulge the weight of this premium SUV and also specific battery capacity at the time of its official launch, only told is the pack is more than 100 kWh and output starts at 600 horsepower all-wheel-drive, with a motor on each axle.
The Lotus Eletre's rear featured with its Lotus script and full-width light bar fading into triangular intakes along the sides, clearly comes from the sports cars. (Picture from: Autoblog)
The car's acceleration from rest to 100 kph is claimed to only take less than 3.0 seconds with a top speed that can be achieved is 260 kph. The British car manufacturer also says that the battery capacity installed in the Eletre is over 100 kWh, and this allows the WLTP range to be estimated at around 600 kilometers and capable of replenish two-thirds of its battery in 20 minutes at a 350 kW fast charger device, and by such a power capacity allowing the car to drive range up to 400 kilometers.
Besides that, there is also advanced technology that is also installed on this Lotus SUV. One of them is autonomous technology that uses LIDAR. Thanks to this technology, the car owners can call the car to come by itself from its parking lots to where the owner is waiting. All of this is done through an application installed on the car owner's smartphone.

It is planned that the Eletre will be sold in China and the UK in the next 2023. After that, other countries will be got turn to have the car in 2024. Until now, Lotus has not revealed the price of its Eletre electric SUV which is predicted to be a strong competitor to the Lamborghini Urus, Aston Martin DBX and Alfa Romeo Tonale. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | LOTUS CARS | CARANDDRIVER | AUTOBLOG ]
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