Lotus Esprit To Return In 2020

by under News on 09 May 2018 04:01:32 PM09 May 2018

Accompanied by a second new sports car, too.

2019 Lotus Evora GT430

Fresh off its acquisition by enormous Chinese automotive concern Geely, the British automotive cornerstone of lightweight performance cars, Lotus, have shored up their plans to reinvigorate their lineup, starting with a halo model due in the next couple of years.

In an interview with Autocar, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales reiterated that a halo model will come online in 2020, occupying a position more upmarket than the Evora, given that the market has pushed towards plusher, more luxurious motors. 

2019 Lotus Evora GT430

Further, the new model is said to remain committed to Lotus’ hallowed hallmarks, those being handling, aerodynamics, and weight (or lack thereof). Considering that the Lotus Evora GT430 already has carbon fibre everywhere you can think, we’re thinking maybe the new car is made of helium?

A second model will sit below this halo, and likely below the Evora, but somewhere above the Elise. On this, Gales was cagey and provided no specifics, but he did say that “the market is moving a bit more upmarket,” suggesting that the new model will take a posher approach to things. It’s unclear whether or not the new 2-seat sports car will directly replace the Elise or be an evolution of the nameplate, but it’ll certainly be interesting to see. 

2019 Lotus Evora GT430

Of course, both these sports cars are being developed in parallel (rather, in the shadow of) the Lotus crossover project that’s been on-again-off-again more than some celebrity relationships. The Lotus SUV will be built off the Volvo-engineered SPA platform (that presently underpins the XC90 and XC60 SUVs, among others), though Gales has clarified that for the near-term, the company will continue to source its engines from Toyota (though significant rejigging will be done before they see service in anything from Norfolk).

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