- Type 132 to production specifications will be made in China
- The first mass-produced electric Lotus
- Official reveal set for March 29
Less than a month before its official reveal, the design of the Lotus Type 132 was leaked thanks to design patents surfacing.
Appearing on IP Australia’s website under Wuhan Lotus ownership, the patents give us a better idea of what the British brand’s first Chinese-owned SUV will look like.
UPDATE, March 30, 2022: Lotus has finally unveiled its new electric SUV, the Eletre. Get the full story at the link below.
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The electric vehicle takes inspiration from the Emira sports car and the Evija hypercar, but its overall design appears to mimic that of its European internal combustion rivals, such as the Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Cayenne Coupe.
Although official Lotus teasers have shown the Type 132 to have slim LED lights front and rear, this is the first time we’ve seen details such as its door-mounted cameras at the place mirrors, the odd quarter-size rear wing and retractable door handles, aligned along the body.
Despite side photos showing what appears to be a significant rear overhang for an electric vehicle, the tall C-pillar and small rear window suggest the SUV will be a two-row, five-seater – unless the passengers in the third row are not allowed the luxury of a decent peripheral view out of the car.
Lotus has already shown off the Type 132’s active aerodynamics, from its rear wing to the grille shutters, both of which will be implemented to reduce drag or increase downforce, depending on the situation.
Level three autonomous driving systems are also set to feature on the Type 132 after previous teasers included a roof-mounted Lidar scanner, moving away from radar and camera-based systems such as those used by Tesla.
The official reveal of the Type 132 is scheduled for March 29, with wheels providing updates for the unveiling of Lotus’ first electric SUV.