2024 Lotus Eletre – Nearly all street-legal Lotus models follow the same formula of lightweight, simple sports cars. Only a handful have more than two people. Eletre, a high-performance electric SUV with an electric engine, is not an exaggerated departure from the British-owned Chinese company. It was not anticipated that the Eletre production would be connected to existing Volvo and Polestar EVs. All three brands belong to the Geely Group. Lotus architecture is used to build the final car, which is superior than any of its predecessors. It includes aluminum and a high-tensile structure, as well as an 800-volt battery.
2024 Lotus Eletre Review
While technical details are important to discuss, Lotus’s design team was able to see the Eletre in action. This is not a concept car. This model will soon be available for sale. It has strong resemblances from its front and sides to the Lamborghini Urus. The same holds true for dimensions: Although Lotus doesn’t cite the Lambo as a benchmark or competitor in any way, the Eletre’s 200.9 inch length, 78.7 inches width, 64.2-inch hight, and 118.9 inch wheelbase all fall within 0.7 inches of that of the Urus.
Lotus Coventry’s design studio took a closer look at Eletre. It’s more complex than the Lamborghini. Its low-drag design is marked by what Peter Horbury, ex-Ford and Volvo design chief, calls “porosity”. Horbury said that C/D was “nothing so light as holes” when the car was introduced to C/D. The Eletre also offers active aerodynamics, such as a shuttering grille shutter and a 3-position rear spoiler. These massive wheels have 23-inch rims. According to our sources, 22-inch rims are available in many markets. Although they aren’t shown in official images, the Eletre has lidar sensor that rises from the bodywork to allow for high-level autonomous operation. They are located at both ends and at the top of each wheel arch. Lotus claims that it will be possible to summon the Eletre from a parking spot, or to return it using a smartphone app.
All territories will have a camera-based side mirror system. In less technologically advanced countries, such as the United States, traditional door mirrors will continue to be available. The full-width light bars on the liftgate can be changed between blue and green, or red or orange. When the car is moving, it will only use legal colors for turn signals or stop lights. The liftgate can display multiple colors if the car isn’t locked. It can indicate the status of the battery and its state.
The Eletre’s cabin is the most distinctive among all Lotus models. None of the models have hollow center consoles with LED lighting or milled bronze metal rocker switches. Company insiders claim that the interior was created to appeal to Chinese tastes. The Eletre will be made in Wuhan, and will make up a large portion of the company’s sales to China. It features a high-density wool blend fabric, a microfiber dashboard and stitched leather. The Eletre’s steering wheel isn’t as round as futuristic EVs. It does have paddles. The left toggles between drive modes, while the right switches between regeneration levels. The Eletre is available in four- or five-seat versions. A full-length panoramic glass roof will also be available. Because the cab is forward, it allows for a larger cabin that is impressively spacious and light.
The interface for Eletre is completely new and does not use the Google-based system that was used at Volvo and Polestar. The studio car had the clear resolution of the OLED central touchscreen display (15.1 inches), but we were not able to test its functionality. Lotus claims that 95 percent can be accessed using three inputs or less. An augmented reality overlay will be installed on the car’s head-up display. The standard equipment includes a surround sound system of 800 watts and 15 speakers. You can also add a 1500 watt system.
We will have to wait until the complete powertrain details are revealed for the Eletre. However, Lotus has assured that even the most powerful Eletres will come with all-wheel drive and at least 600 horsepower. Lotus is being cautious about how large the battery pack will be. It will be more than 100.0-kWh. It will be able to sprint up to 62 mph in three seconds and can reach speeds of 161 miles per hour. According to the European WLTP protocol, Lotus claims that it can travel 373 miles. According to the U.S. EPA methodology, this equates to approximately 315 miles. With a 350-kW fast charger, the Eletre can charge two-thirds of its battery in 20 minutes. All models will have an adjustable suspension and adaptive dampers. These can increase the ride height up to 2.0 inches for off-roading, and down to 1.0 inches for stability. Carbon-ceramic brakes are another dynamic option. Rear-axle steering is also an option. We will need to wait for American sales to see more details.
2024 Lotus Eletre Release Date & Price
Several details were missing from the initial communications. First, weight. Although Eletre claims the Eletre has a reduced mass due to its heavy use of aluminum and carbon fiber, we still believe it will be the largest Lotus ever. Some speculation suggests that it will weigh in at around 5500 pounds. Another issue is the price. Although it’s not yet confirmed, the Eletre will likely be priced similar to the Tesla Model X. This would suggest a starting price around $120,000 when it reaches America in 2024.