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Lotus gets into the electric SUV game with the new 600hp Eletre

By Kenny Yeo - on 30 Mar 2022, 10:09am

Lotus gets into the electric SUV game with the new 600hp Eletre

The new Lotus Eletre (Image source: Lotus)

Lotus has just announced that it's getting into the electric SUV game and its entrant in this segment is called the Eletre.

On the surface, this is the most un-Lotus of Lotus cars. Lotus' founder Colin Chapman's mantra was "Simplify and then add lightness." There's nothing simple or light about this car.

But it's necessary if the company is to survive. SUVs are hot and electric SUVs are even hotter. Every major automaker – Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Jaguar – all have one in their lineup.

The Eletre is a pure-electric SUV and, incredibly, is the first Lotus car to have four doors. It weighs over 2,200kg. It also happens to look like the Lamborghini Urus.

(Image source: Lotus)

Propulsion comes from two electric motors (one on each axle) that will produce around 600hp. So despite its heft, that's still enough to get the Eletre from 0-100km/h in less than 3 seconds.

Battery capacity is around 105kWh and the Eletre has a maximum WLTP driving range of 600km. It features fast charging so a 350kW charger can give it 400km of range in just 20 minutes.

Inside, the Eletre gets many safety features and toys. There's Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Support Front, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Front Cross Traffic Alert, Lange Change Assist, Children Presence Detection, Lane Keep Aid with Lane Departure Warning, and many, many more. 

The central touchscreen is OLED and measures 15.1 inches. (Image source: Lotus)

Lotus says the Eletre will be its most connected car ever with 5G connectivity. This means it's even capable of receiving over-the-air updates. These updates will improve the car's autonomous driving capabilities as well as update the in-car driver interface.

Speaking of interface, the central touchscreen is OLED and it's a whopping 15.1 inches large. Although I have no doubts about its effectiveness, it does look like someone tacked a very large tablet onto the dashboard.


Availability and pricing

The first Lotus Eletre customers will receive their cars sometime next year. No word yet on pricing but don't expect it to come cheap.

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