Lotus will borrow Volvo components for its crossoversAugust 9, 2018
In the spring of this year, the British company announced the development of its first crossover, now it turns out in the plans not one, but two new cars. They will differ in size, and will appear one by one by 2021. This is reported by the foreign edition of Car.
Both of the SUVs will be sporty, but despite the rather powerful engine, they are not endowed with off-road qualities. The design will be made lightweight, and the chassis will be upgraded especially for fast driving. As stated above, the cars will differ in size from each other.
The first will compete with the BMW X4 and Porsche Macan, and another, a larger one – the BMW X6, the Porsche Cayenne and the Maserati Levante. The basis for crosses has already been created and it is said that technically the English help Volvo.
It is assumed that under the hood of the first crossovers, Lotus will install hybrid units, which are equipped with Volvo XC60 and XC90 T8. This combination of two-liter engine with combined supercharging, an electric motor and an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The total power of the unit is 407 hp. and 640 Nm of torque.
Judging by the words of the former CEO of the company Jean-Marc Gales, it is unlikely that these two cars will be built on the same platform as the Volvo XC60 and XC90 models. However, some of its Lotus components probably can be used. Among which: engines, hybrid power units, security systems with radar and sensors, high-voltage wiring. There is information that the first crossover Lotus will appear in 2020, and a year later will show the second.
Recall that recently Jean-Marc Gales left the post of general director of the British company for “personal reasons.” In he worked since 2014.