Lotus CUV sets sights on Macan – The idea of a minimalist sportscar brand like Lotus actually building a crossover, as opposed to its APX concept, is still a bit hard to comprehend. But survival in the modern automotive landscape isn’t easy, and a higher-volume model could do a lot to keep the lights on. Hot off the debut of the feather-light 3-Eleven at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, company CEO Jean-Marc Gales is now divulging some more details about the future model.
At the moment, Lotus plans to launch the crossover in 2019, and the company has some rather specific targets in mind. “We want to get SUVs to be light and fast. The nearest rival will be the Porsche Macan – but ours will be better,” Gales said to Auto Express. Rumors suggest the use of aluminum and composites with the goal for a weight as much as 400-500 pounds less than Porsche’s smaller CUV. The model will be exclusive to the Chinese market at launch.
While the Lotus crossover is under serious planning, actual development isn’t underway yet. According to Auto Express, the company and its Chinese joint venture partner are still waiting for a license to build cars there. Once that comes, they intend to kick things into high gear. Gales also suggested that a Toyota-sourced powertrain, possibly a hybrid, was in the cards. By Autoblog