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Lotus reveals new 592bhp electric Eletre – the British brand’s first SUV

  • Lotus’s first SUV ushers in a new era for the brand
  • Firm calls it world’s first ‘hyper SUV’
  • Twin electric motors produce nearly 600bhp
  • Car features clever aero to ‘carve’ through the air

Time 8:00 pm, March 29, 2022

Lotus has revealed its first SUV, an all-electric 592bhp four or five-seater that ushers in a new era for the Norfolk-based brand.

Lotus might be better known for building lightweight sports cars but the firm says this new Eletre ‘hyper SUV’ utilises its ‘famed expertise in the fields of ride and handling, steering and optimised aerodynamics’.

It has an electric powertrain making ‘from 592bhp’, hinting that higher performance models could be on the way.


Power comes from twin electric motors – one on the front axle and one on the rear axle providing four-wheel-drive. As well as almost 600bhp, it will have a 161mph top speed and a sub-three-second 0-60mph time.

Lotus Eletre rear

The first version revealed today will have a 100kWh battery pack that’s targeting up to 373 miles of range. It will be able to charge at speeds of up to 350kW, making it the fastest charging EV on sale today. This should add almost 250 miles in just 20 minutes, the firm says.

Matt Windle, managing director at Lotus Cars, said: ‘The Eletre is a bold and revolutionary new car, delivering on our commitment to move Lotus into completely new automotive segments as we widen our global appeal and accessibility. 

‘This is a momentous point in our history and a clear signal of our ongoing desire to transform our business.’

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The Eletre is being built in China on the firm’s new EV platform, which has been designed with the flexibility to use different battery sizes, motors and driver assistance technologies.

Its exterior design is full of sharp angles, with a long wheelbase and short overhangs giving it a sporty stance. With no engine under the bonnet, Lotus kept this area short as a nod to the firm’s mid-engined sports car designs.

Lotus Eletre interior

There are prominent vents in the bonnet, which channel air from the front of the car up and over the roof, with similar features around the wheels and the top of the D-pillar. These are said to reduce drag, which helps to improve range.

At the rear, a full-width light bar gives off a futuristic signature, while the carbon-fibre roof spoiler is inspired by motorsport.

Inside, the Eletre has an incredibly modern appearance, with Lotus saying it used ‘ultra-premium materials’. A large infotainment display dominates the sleek dashboard, with a slim screen behind the wheel displaying important information such as battery charge, range and speed.

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The four-seat layout in the images is an optional upgrade from the standard five-seat layout.

The Eletre comes with various advanced driver assistance systems, with over-the-air updates allowing many of these to be improved and added to over time. A light detecting and ranging (LIDAR) system deploys above the windscreen when required, and allows for the use of automated driving technology.

Manufacturing of the new Lotus Eletre will start later this year, with first deliveries expected in 2023.

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Rebecca has been a motoring and business journalist since 2014, previously writing and presenting for titles such as the Press Association, Auto Express and Car Buyer. She has worked in many roles for Car Dealer Magazine’s publisher Blackball Media including head of editorial.

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