When the new generation Lotus Elise is hitting the market at the end of the decade, it appears it will hold the same values as always: value for money, driver excitement and very low weight.
According to the latest rumor flying off the mill, Lotus chief jean-Marc Gales has hinted the all-new Elise will become available for purchase starting 2020 – and it appears the development process for the next generation has already started. This also comes next to the news the company is racking up a profit in 2017 for the first time over the past two decades. The executive indicated the vehicle will be “ready in 2020”, and also shared hints about the design philosophy and engineering strategy. Most importantly, the Elise will remain committed to its lightweight credo – deploying the latest advancement of the same extruded aluminum chassis technology pioneered on the original Elise S1 back in 1996 and still in use across the company range.
“The Elise chassis has often been copied but never equalled,” commented Gales. “Combine that with the steering feel and you have something truly special. The DNA of that car is its light weight, its steering feel and the balance of power and drivability. At every price point it is sold in, it is the fastest car for the money.” Referencing the Geneva Motor Show introduced Elise Cup 250 with its 921 kg kerb weight it appears the next generation has a target of 900 kg even though they are looking to also make it compatible with US regulations. They are already launching the Evora 400 in America and the executive said it’s key to secure growth on the US market in order to reach that profitability point.