Autocar reports that Lotus will look to rival the Maserati Levante and Porsche Macan with the model and wants it to be the best handling vehicle in its class.
Forming the basis of the model will be parts from the SPA platform underpinning the Volvo XC90 and XC60. Although the use of such components will limit the Lotus SUV to four cylinder engines, the vehicle will weigh less than two tonnes and the British brand has a knack for extracting serious power from small engines. Consequently, a peak figure exceeding 400 hp is a certainty.
Speaking of the vehicle’s handling prowess, Lotus chief executive Jean Marc Gales said, “It will go round bends like nothing else in its segment. If we fail on that we fail the project.”
The SUV’s platform won’t be the only thing it shares with Volvo. Numerous electric equipment from the Swedish brand will find its way into the Lotus, including its touchscreen infotainment system.
The majority of production will be done in China but Gales said he’d love to see the UK also building the SUV. However, Gales confirmed he wants “to know what happens after Brexit” before finalizing a second production location.
A launch for the Lotus SUV within the next four years is tipped.