Report – Lotus to also have an SUV, to rival premium compacts image

Every automaker – even exotics such as Aston Martin or Lamborghini – are today looking to add an SUV to their range and apparently British sports car maker Lotus doesn’t want to feel left out.

Lotus has thus started the development of its first ever SUV model, which aims to keep true to the brand’s lighter is better credo – so instead of a hulking full-size SUV we’re going to be treated to a compact offering, one inherently lighter and more dynamic than rivals – such as Porsche’s Macan. According to Lotus chief Jean-Marc Gales, there is a niche to be exploited in the market with the title “lightweight, good-handling SUV” and the ailing sports car maker aims to plug the gap in the near future.

Gales has also confirmed the first Lotus to come as a next-generation will be the Elise successor – scheduled for 2020, followed immediately by its more hardcore Exige version. The new Evora will then come around 2022 to complete the traditional sports family. By that time the company may also have in production the fourth line – an SUV – joining other premium automakers such as Porsche, Jaguar, Maserati, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce and Bentley in delivering such a model to interested buyers. Gales ahs now hinted the development work for a prototype SUV has commenced, though it still awaits final production confirmation and a completed design.

Via Autocar