Lotus SUV Coming In 2019, Will Be Built In China

Targeting the likes of Porsche’s Macan and Audi’s Q5, the Lotus SUV will be built in China at a new facility whose construction will begin by the end of this year.

The plant will be located in Guangzhou, a location chosen because of the local government assistance and strong support facilities for the automotive industry, according to Bernama, quoting the Guangzhou Development and Reform Commission Deputy Director, Wang Ke Si.

It’s still under development. Studies on soil usage have been completed and we have sent the relevant documents to the ministries, National Development and Reform Commission and other related commissions. We will being at the end of this year“, Wang said.

This is a 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) project, signed between Proton, Group Lotus and Goldstar Heavy Industrial, last April, and will include headquarters, manufacturing facilities and a research and development center.

Lotus is expected to launch their SUV in China and other Asian markets from 2019, with similar styling cues and all-wheel drive. It will be constructed using lightweight materials for the body and chassis, while the engine options could include units similar to the ones that currently equip the brand’s sports cars, such as the supercharged 1.8-liter four-banger and the 3.5-liter V6.

Note: 2006 Lotux APX Concept pictured


Musk Says Tesla Pickup Will Be Like A Futuristic “Armored Personnel Carrier”

The Tesla pickup truck is shaping up to be unlike any other truck on the market.

2021 Hyundai Tucson Drops Heavy Camo To Reveal Sporty Body

The all-new Hyundai Tucson will feature a more raked roofline and coupe-like window line.

Volkswagen Delays Final Decision On New Turkish Car Factory Over Syria Invasion

VW is postponing their decision as criticism grows over Turkey’s ongoing military operation in Syria.

2020 Ford Transit Custom Nugget Launched With New Engine, Onboard Wi-Fi Modem

The latest Ford camper van has gained an 182 HP variant of its 2.0-liter diesel engine and has just been launched in the UK, where it starts at £56,273.

This Is It: 2020 VW Golf Revealed Ahead Of Schedule, What Do You Think?

These photos of a 2020 VW Golf look like the real deal and likely show an entry-level version.

Renault’s Sharpening Up Its Electric Game, Zero-Emissions Twingo Comes Into Play

The electric Twingo, which will use a rear-mounted motor, could launch as early as next year and is one of eight EVs Renault plans to have in its fleet by 2022.

Toyota Copen GR Sport Is A New Tiny Convertible Sports Car For Japan

Made by Daihatsu but marketed as a Toyota, the Copen GR Sport will launch next month priced at nearly $22,000.

Peugeot’s New Electric Mountain Bike Has Better Range Than Some EVs

The eM01 FS PowerTube has an autonomy of up to 87 miles and will launch early next year in five versions.

Ferrari 488 Pista Demonstrates That McLaren’s 720S Is Not Invincible

Although not exactly direct rivals, they’re both really fast and capable around the track, so it makes for an interesting comparison.

Toyota Corolla Hatch Gets New Gear Down Under, Starts At AUD $23,335

Equipped with new safety and convenience features, the updated Corolla will arrive at Aussie dealers on November 1.