The all-new and all-electric Lotus Eletre Hyper-SUV is the first of a new breed of pure electric sport utility vehicles. It takes the heart the latest Lotus sports car the Emira, and the aero performance of the all-electric Evija hypercar. The new car features a significant number of firsts for the automaker – the first five-door production car, the first model outside sports car segments, the first lifestyle EV, the most ‘connected’ Lotus ever.
Lotus Eletre is 4WD, has a battery capacity that’s over 100kWh and with power from 600hp. A 350kW charger will deliver a 400km (248 miles) range in just 20 minutes. The car’s target maximum WLTP driving range is c.600km (c.373 miles). It also comes with the ability as standard to accept 22kW AC charging which, where available, reduces the time plugged in. The car comes with four drive modes, which adjust the steering, damper settings, powertrain and accelerator pedal response. The modes are Range, Tour, Sport, Off-Road and Individual, and are standard on all versions of the car.
The world’s first electric hyper-SUV is fitted with the most advanced active aerodynamics package on any production SUV, as well as intelligent driving technologies such as the world’s first deployable Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system in a production car.
The Eletre will be built at an all-new state-of-the-art production facility in Wuhan, China. The car has been ‘Born British, Raised Globally’, with design led by the UK, supported by collaborative work with teams in China, Sweden and Germany. The overall exterior and interior design has been led by an international team based at the Lotus Tech Creative Centre (LTCC) in Warwickshire, UK.
The Eletre is built on Lotus’ all-new Electric Premium Architecture (EPA). The low-to-the-ground design means outstanding handling, and the EPA can easily adapt to accommodate C+ to E+ vehicle class battery sizes, motors, component layouts and intelligent driving technologies.
The exterior of the new SUV is characterized by a cab-forward stance, long wheelbase and very short overhangs front and rear. A signature element of the design is its ‘porosity’ – the aerodynamic concept of air flowing through the car as well as under, over and around it. It is most obvious where air is channelled under the leading edge of the car, emerging through two exit vents in the hood above. There are other examples of porosity ahead of and behind the front wheel arches, behind the rear wheels, and even at the top of the D-pillar.
The car’s front grille is a network of interconnecting triangular petals. Intricately designed, they remain closed when the car is at rest or when there’s a need to reduce drag during driving. They open to feed air into the radiator, allowing the Eletre to ‘breathe’ when cooling of the electric motors, battery pack and front brakes is required.
The black components are finished in carbon fibre while the body panels are aluminium. You won’t find any door mirror as it was replaced by an Electric Reverse Mirror Display (ERMD), which houses three different cameras – one for the rear-view mirror, a second to help create a 360-degree view of the car from above to aid parking, and a third that’s part of the intelligent driving technologies.
The rear features the full-width ribbon light strip. Positioned just above the Lotus wordmark, it is red when the car is moving and includes a scrolling directional indicator at each end. The light can appear in four colors.
The performance-oriented design of the interior is dominated by is visually lightweight, ultra-premium materials. It is offered either in four or five-seat layout. A fixed panoramic glass sunroof creates spacious feeling inside.
The infotainment experience in the Eletre makes use of intelligent technologies. Below the instrument panel a blade of light runs across the cabin, sitting in a ribbed channel that widens at each end to create the air vents. While it appears to be floating, the light is more than decorative and forms part of the human machine interface (HMI). It changes colour to communicate with occupants. Below the light is a ‘ribbon of technology’ which offers the front seat occupants information.
The Eletre is available with Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Collision Mitigation Support Front (CMSF); Traffic Sign Information (TSI); Door Open Warning (DOW); Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA); Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA); Lane Change Assist (LCA); Children Presence Detection (CPD); Lane Keep Aid with Lane Departure Warning / Prevention (LKA+); Parking Emergency Brake (PEB); Collision Mitigation Support Rear (CMSR); and Emergency Rescue Call (E-Call). There are i-Size child seat anchor points on the outboard rear seats.
The Lotus Eletre is on sale now, with first customer deliveries in 2023 starting in China, the UK and Europe.
Article Source: Lux Expose