Lotus has unveiled its new all-electric ‘Eletre’, which is not only its debut SUV model but also its first car to be built at its state-of-the-art factory in Wuhan – the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The British car maker, which has its headquarters in Hethel, Norfolk, dubbed the motor the world’s only ‘electric hyper-SUV’, with prices expected to start from just under £100,000 when first deliveries arrive from the China plant in 2023.
It will be a rival to petrol-powered performance SUVs including the Aston Martin DBX, Lamborghini Urus and as well as the electric BMW iX M60 and Ford Mustang Mach-E GT.
Lotus says the Eletre promises a ‘desirable all-new lifestyle car for the next generation of customers’ that also retains the ‘core principles and DNA’ of the British car maker that dates back to 1948 and was epitomised by founder Colin Chapman’s famous principle of ‘simplify, then add lightness’.
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A car with a Covid connection: This is the new Lotus Eletre – the brand’s first five-door model and debut SUV.It’s also the initial vehicle produced at the company’s new state-of-the-art factory in Wuhan, China – the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak
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