Lotus Planning Two Crossovers To Battle The BMW X4 And X6

It’s no secret that Lotus is working on a crossover, but a new report is suggesting the company is already considering a second one.

Details are limited, but Car Magazine is reporting the company is planning competitors for the BMW X4 and Porsche Macan as well as the larger BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne. It’s unclear which model would arrive first, but one of the crossovers is slated to be launched in 2020. The second could arrive approximately one year later.

The original plan called for Lotus to work with China’s Goldstar Heavy Industrial, but it has been abandoned now that Lotus is owned by Geely. This will play a huge role in the development and construction of the crossovers as former Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales told the publication the models could share components – such as engines, autonomous driving systems and wiring harnesses – with Volvo models.

Despite the component sharing, the crossovers won’t be based on the SPA platform and Gales said the models wouldn’t be anything like the XC90. Instead, they will have unique styling inside and out.

There’s no word on performance specifications, but the publication says the crossovers should have a Volvo-sourced four-cylinder engine and hybrid system. However, the powertrains will be tuned for more performance.

Speaking of the latter, Gales promised one of the crossovers will be the “lowest in its class” and “maybe the widest in its class to hold the road well.” He went on to say the model will certainly be lightest crossover in its segment and will also be the best on track.

  • Earl Scheib

    Oh lawdee!! Please tell me this is the indication that we’ve reached peak suv/cuc??!!

  • Six_Tymes

    Very interesting. Wishing Lotus best of luck, I hope they pull it off.

    • Smith

      This really isn’t Lotus anymore, it is just a badging exercise.

      • Infinite1

        Pretty much like the GT86 and BRZ twins

  • Cobrajet

    Who does Lotus think they are? Mercedes.

    • Smith

      Lotus does not think, they are told by Geely what to do and think. Lotus brand is not a consideration. Such a shame it is going to be just another car company, nothing special.

      • Funny you said that, the SUV plan were drawn up long before Geely acquire Lotus parent company. (Well Geely getting Lotus is a bonus of buying Proton)

      • Hauerg

        That is bullshit. Lotus cannot survive @ 1600 cars/year.
        And they will have 200 additional engineering jobs.
        In the uk, not china.

  • FactChecker90803

    Ohhh Pleazeeee, they will re bodied XC60 and XC90 with some drivetrain upgrades.

    • Smith

      Correct, nothing special. Poor Colin is turning in his grave!

  • brn

    Nooo. Lotus, get back to the basics. That’s what I liked about you.

    • Smith

      Not with Geely in charge, it is all over, Lotus is dead.

  • AS SILLY AS MG MAKING SUV’S.

  • I know a lot of people, especially the purists are angry with these. I really think this is a great way to save the company, and there is no doubt that Lotus can create a good car. Lastly is that these SUV will funded sports car that we are love.

    • Smith

      There are better ways to save the company that taking it to a badging exercise, like Danny tried with their F1 and other racing programs. Such a joke and totally against the brand. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.

      • Okay if you had a better plan send your resume to Hethel, I’m sure if it’s as easy as you said they will hire you.

  • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

    Light is right. SUVs can only be bloated and heavy.

    • Smith

      Lotus will not make a lightweight SUV from the ground up as Lotus used to do, it will be a re-badged Volvo, like all the other brands that Geely is launching. just another car company with nothing special.

  • Smith

    There goes the neighborhood. The Chinese protecting the DNA and heritage of the Lotus brand Ha Ha Ha … and badging a few Volvo’s with Lotus logos. This is so wrong, but they will probably succeed and make Lotus just another sportscar company … Oh! I mean just another car company! No surprise the CEO quit.

  • fabri99

    If this saves the company and allows Lotus to make a new generation of sportscars, than these SUVs are more than welcome. Just look at what the Cayenne did for Porsche. What do you care if there’s an ugly SUV in the range, when that allows Porsche to build cars like the 918 Spyder, the 911 GT3 RS etc.? The same goes for Lotus, hopefully.

    • FactChecker90803

      Yes, as thought a Chinese Made SUV based on the XC60 and XC90 will have the same Cachet as a Cayenne or Macan, yes that will save Lotus

      • fabri99

        Well, it sure won’t be the endless versions of the Elise and Evora that will save the company, either!

  • Infinite1

    Hopefully, it’s something that will deserve the Lotus badge and name

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