Lotus announced the cost of an entry-level carApril 23, 2020
As it became known earlier, Lotus is preparing a new car with an average engine location this year, equipped with a V6 hybrid unit and stylized as an electric Evija hypercar.
“Simplify, then add ease.” This is the philosophy of Lotus and, in particular, the founder of the company, Colin Chapman. Whether this motto is applicable to the future newcomer of the brand is still unknown. It is said that the English sports car manufacturer has plans for a relatively practical model.
Lotus is not exactly the most reliable manufacturer when it comes to forward-looking statements. The financial shortage and change of ownership has repeatedly thrown unfinished projects. For example, at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the brand introduced newcomers such as the new Lotus Elise, Elite, Eterne and even the revived Esprit, reincarnated Elan and the concept of a city car. However, not one of them was put into production. However, there is an important reason to take Lotus’s next announcement seriously: Lotus comes with an “entry-level model” that you can use every day.
This entry-level model is designed for daily use and will be the last car of the British automaker with an internal combustion engine. According to CEO Phil Popam, the price will range from 55,000 pounds to 100,000 pounds. The affordable Lotus sports car (albeit with enough interior space to make it a true daily car) will also serve as a departure from the design of its track-oriented brothers.
Production will begin this year at the Lotus plant in Hötel, England, immediately after quarantine by the UK government. As for the debut date, this will happen either at the end of this year, or in 2021. The automaker plans to increase production from 1,600 cars per year to a limit of 5,000 units at its enterprises, and these plans will not be constrained by any sales problems related to the current situation.
“This does not mean that we need to generate all the money ourselves in order to invest in our future. Now we are focused on sports cars, but we think that the brand has the potential to move to other segments. And Geely has experience in areas such as electrification and autonomous driving, ”said Popham. By other segments, he means either an SUV or a sports sedan, although independently, both would be exciting offers coming from Hethel.
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