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The Electre hyper-SUV from Lotus made its first public debut this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. - the UK’s largest four-day annual exposition of cars and motorsport. 

Taking centre stage on the all-new Lotus stand, the Eletre SUV was first unveiled back in March, and combines the usefulness of an SUV with the functions of a Lotus. 

Matt Windle, Managing Director, Lotus Cars says this year’s event is another important one for the brand. He said: "Last year, we were the featured marque at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and all eyes were on the Emira. The attention it attracted and the deposits we took on the stand were phenomenal.

"Fast forward 12 months… another Festival, another new car from Lotus. The Eletre is equally as exciting for us; the most significant milestone yet in the ongoing transformation of Lotus and something genuinely different to everything else on the market. 

“We can't wait for another exceptionally busy and very successful Goodwood."

The Eletre was joined on stage with the Emira sports car and the Evija hypercar, representing a brand-new generation of Lotus performance road cars. 

To create a hyper-SUV, the Eletre reimagines the Emira and the Evija's aerodynamic performance. The Eletre introduces a bold new facet to the Lotus performance car lineup and marks a number of firsts for the company, including the first five-door production car, the first vehicle outside the sports car classes and the first family EV. 

The Eletre offers a power range of 600 to 900 hp, 4WD, and a battery capacity of over 100 kWh. In just 20 minutes, a 350kW charger can provide a 400km (248 miles) range. The WLTP target maximum driving range for the vehicle is about 600km (373 miles). Additionally, it has the ability to accept 22kW AC charging as standard.

This all new Lotus SUV is also the first SUV to have the world's first deployable Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system. This is further supported by a dynamic walk-up sequence that attempts to deliver what Lotus have described to be “a moment of theatre each time the driver approaches the car.” The first customer cars will arrive in Europe in the spring of 2023 after production begins at a brand-new, state-of-the-art factory in China at the end of 2022.


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Manija Noori 24/08/22