The concept of a Lotus crossover would possibly make some followers of the British sports activities carmaker a bit squeamish, but when Lotus goes to stay round, it’s going to want a higher-volume mannequin with extra mass-market attraction. Lotus revealed that it’s creating a compact crossover in 2017, however we nonetheless don’t know a lot about its underpinnings and design. Nonetheless, a batch of patent photos that surfaced the Internet supplied some hints as to what the British crossover will appear like, and our designer created a rendering of the automobile.
So what can we truly find out about this crossover to this point? First, it will likely be in-built China and launched solely in that market earlier than increasing to Europe and Japan. No phrase on U.S. availability simply but, but it surely’s very doubtless that North America will get it too. Second, Lotus goals to win SUV fans with one of many lightest and most dynamic autos available on the market. “The SUV market modifications as properly – it’s not simply vehicles which are six toes excessive and huge now, it’s an enormous market that’s turning into extra segmented. There’s a area of interest inside that for a Lotus crossover that’s mild and aerodynamic and handles like nothing else,” former Lotus CEO, Jean-Marc Gales informed Autocar in October 2017. Lotus started testing the crossover in 2019, however the prototype is simply an previous Lynk & Co 01 mannequin. As a reminder, Lynk & Co is owned by Geely, the identical Chinese language firm that owns Lotus (and Volvo for that matter).
Up to date 06/24/2019: Our spy photographers caught the very first mules for the upcoming Lotus SUV out for the primary testing session.