Lotus Confirms All-New Elise For 2020, Will Come To The U.S.

Lotus chief executive Jean-Marc Gales has confirmed that the small automaker will launch the next-generation Elise in 2020.

The 2020 Elise will be the brand’s first all-new model launched since Gales has led the company and despite the model growing slightly in size, it will still tip the scales at less than 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs), reports Autocar.

Underpinning the next-gen Elise will be an updated version of the aluminium chassis currently in use and unlike the existing model, the new one will be developed to comply with U.S. crash regulations, opening up the popular model to the world’s largest sports car market.

Additional details about the new Elise are difficult to come by but according to Gales, the brand will be selling about 4,000 units annually when it arrives. Approximately two years after, the new Lotus Exige will launch.

Prior to the arrival of the new Elise, Lotus will continue to develop and improve its existing Elise, Exige and Evora models.


  • Zandit75

    We should have had all new models several years ago. Lotus’s current batch of vehicles are too long in the tooth.

    • Miknik

      as great as they are, but given how small the improvements have been in the life cycle of the Elise and its relatives, and the relatively low mileage these weekend cars have, I see no point buying a new one when a well kept used one is available at say half the price and is essentially still the same car. Especially given it is not a daily in 99,9% of cases again….

    • Astonman

      It would be nice – but no money to work with.

  • RM199724

    By that time cars will need to be electric… I wish my Elise could be converted to electric. Power, torque, clean and no more maintenance. Unfortunately I was born to soon. I love my Elise, I hate the engine.

  • smartacus

    good, it’s gonna be an updated version of the current aluminum chassis