New Lotus Type 132 electric SUV discovered through design patents

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Design patent drawings released by the Intellectual Property Office gave us our first look at the Lotus 132, the acclaimed British automaker’s first ever SUV ahead of its official unveiling at the end of March.

With an aggressive, forward-sloping nose and a racy, coupe-like roofline, Lotus designers are looking to capitalize on the brand’s reputation for crafting purposeful sports cars. The proportions, however, are unmistakably those of an SUV.

Angular styling with boomerang-shaped headlights and a wrap-around taillight bar are distinctive features that will define the 132’s design. aerodynamic efficiency will be important for this electric vehicle, which the sporting history of the brand can help.

Also read: Lotus Type 132 electric crossover to debut March 29

The design closely resembles that of a vehicle recently spied being tested on public roads in China. Although hidden under camouflage, certain design elements of this vehicle, such as the roofline, and the overall proportions are reflected in this drawing.

Lotus has announced that it will unveil the 132 on March 29 and has already hinted at some details in teasers. These include the slim LED light units, aero optimized wheels and carbon fiber accents. The teaser even appears to show digital side mirrors, which replace the literal mirrors with a small camera, to help reduce the amount of air blockage by the units.

Inside, the brand has revealed that the SUV will have a digital instrument cluster, sporty steering wheel with contrast stitching and illuminated control gear. The brand also showed off a floating infotainment system that features an “immersive boot sequence”.

Lotus didn’t provide too many details on the 132’s powertrain, but confirmed it will feature 800-volt technology and batteries ranging in capacity from 92 to 120 kWh. Some models will be able to accelerate to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than three seconds, specifies the brand. Autocar reports that its various trim levels will produce between 600-750 hp (447-559 kW/608-760 PS).

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