Lotus CEO All But Confirms An SUV Is Coming

Lotus chief executive Jean-Marc Gales has all but confirmed that the brand’s long-awaited foray into the SUV world is going to happen.

Gales has led the British carmaker for the past three years and in that time, been instrumental in the brand launching dozens of new limited edition models and improving its finances, ultimately leading to Geely purchasing a controlling stake in the brand last year.

In an interview with Autonews, Gales said the Geely deal has made its SUV ambitions achievable.

“I’m fairly sure with the Geely parts bin at our disposal, we can design a Lotus crossover that has unique lightweight features, aerodynamics and handling that befits the Lotus brand.

“We are not just tied to sports cars, which is a fairly stable market worldwide. What is growing at double-digits, however, is the SUV market, especially the premium SUV market,” Gales said.

On the question of where a future Lotus SUV could be produced, Gales suggested that the marque could make use of Geely’s manufacturing plants in China. However, when it comes to sports cars, they will remain a British-only affair.

“Our sports cars will stay in the UK, that’s clear. Lotus is quintessentially a UK brand so we need that. If, in the future, we have one or two plants for the potential crossover, they should be close to where the destination market is. For SUVs, the biggest market in the world is China. That’s where Geely has plants. But, I don’t exclude anything at the moment.”

Interestingly, Gales went on to reveal that he is thinking of Lotus SUVs in a “couple of sizes”, indicating that more than one crossover from the brand could be produced.

Note: Claimed Lotus SUV patents pictured.

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  • Nordschleife

    The rear reminds me of something Ferrari would do. Maybe Ferrari would make it with double taillights on each side.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    should be cheaper than bentayga

    • No s**t sherlock, Bentayga is uber luxury SUV, Lotus one is more of a Macan rivals. Get your fact straight!

  • Christian Wimmer

    Yay! Another SUV! Awesome!

    *Sarcasm*

  • Bash

    Of course.. but those sketches makes it look like a quick mesh mash.

  • jsz00

    Are you sure this is not the Ferrari SUV

  • LWOAP

    Well, at least the money Lotus will make off of it will go towards developing more hardcore versions of the Elise, Exige, and Evora.

    • More like new Elise and Exige. Lotus is developing new Elise slated for 2020 or 2021. So we finally can retire 2 decades old Lotus paltform.

      • LWOAP

        Ok, that does make more sense. I’m still expecting at least a final send off before the next generation arrives, though.

        • I do wonder if they can squeeze more power out of that Toyota engine. And they already shaved all extra weight that they could find. I mean Elise Sprint is as light as S1 Elise originally. All with airbag and crash beams!

  • javier

    Wonderful a lightweight fast …… wait a minute it better have 4×4 or it’s a complete fail

  • I personally excited for Lotus SUV, even though it’s Chinese but Lotus has sizeable history of turning regular car into dynamically able vehicle.

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