New Lotus To Arrive In 2020 Prior To Next-Gen Elise, Exige And Evora

Lotus is reportedly set to reveal a brand new sports car next year, the first one to come out since Geely bought the small British car company.

The new model will use a “heavily revised” version of the brand’s current aluminum architecture, and will reach the market before the next-generation Elise, Exige and Evora models, as confirmed to Autocar by the company’s new CEO Phil Popham.

The new Elise, Exige and Evora are expected to arrive in around three to four years’ time, around 2022 or 2023, as they’re going to be based on a brand new platform that’s still under development.

As for 2020’s new Lotus, it’s expected to retain the sharp handling character the company is known for but offer more practicality and usability for every day scenarios. The automaker will focus on making the getting in and out of the vehicle more comfortable, as well as improving the ergonomics and offering a proper infotainment system.

Currently the most “practical” model in the range is the Evora with its 2+2 configuration, meaning that the new model will most likely be based on it. Popham said that the new Lotus will act as a bridge to the new era for the British car maker. “There’s this one car, then the new platform,” he said.

According to the Popham, all future models will eventually use electrification, but to what extend is still under discussion. “The focus for now is on replacing the products we’ve got today – the sports cars,” he said. “In a long time, Lotus has not had sight of what is required. You need a long term plan, a product plan and a business plan locked down with investment. We have that plan locked in.”

He did not, however, mention anything about rolling out at least one SUV in the future, as previously reported, nor commented on the rumored all-electric hypercar either.

As for the new architecture that will underpin the new Elise, Exige and Evora, the company is now in the early development phase. The platform might not necessarily retain the same principles with the current one, which uses a bonded and extruded aluminum tub, if a better option becomes available. The good news are that Lotus will design the new platform to meet the regulations in all global markets, including both China and the U.S., from the get-go.

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  • Owen Hamilton

    I wonder if this new car will have a Volvo engine or stick with Toyota for now.

  • Maisch

    The chassis is still great, and the looks aswell. They focus so much on performance, but what they really need is just a new interior, so owners of old elises actually got something to change up to. Great cars, i hope they wont get become to much porsche, that would be sad. We need one manufacturer which really delivers raw driving experiences these days.

  • Bo Hanan

    A new variation on a 20 year old platform (regardless of how good it might be) does not a new car make. Geely has money and needs to reintroduce the Esprit. And then build the smaller siblings off smaller versions of that.

    • MarkoS

      Agreed on the Esprit, I think it is still what most people think about when they hear Lotus. As for a heavily revised stop gap car, its just a old design, not a old platform, much can still be done here.

  • MarkoS

    Lotus has some real potential, we will see if it can get off the ground.

  • SteersUright

    I love Lotus and enthralled to hear they’re keeping alive. I just wish they could get their build quality and interiors on par with the industry best, to give these much more appeal and help them succeed.

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