Come abutting year, Lotus will contentment active enthusiasts with a cast new model, its aboriginal all-new car in the accomplished 12 years. Known internally as the Type 131, this new Lotus will aperture amid the Exige and Evora instead of replacing either of them.
The Type 131 will reportedly be based on an all-new failing belvedere and will advance centralized agitation ability as against to a amalgam powertrain – for weight abridgement purposes.
One achievability has Lotus sourcing the Type 131’s agent from Geely instead of Toyota, but it’s absolutely too aboriginal to brainstorm on that front.
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Last year, Lotus CEO Phil Popham talked about the Type 131 activity with AutoExpress, saying: “We’re active now advance in a appealing advancing business plan that will bear an all-new sports car abutting year. It’ll be apparent appear the end of abutting year and go on auction some time afterwards that. We are advance in new platforms as well.”
“The [Type 131] won’t be all-electric – clashing the hypercar, which will. Beyond that, whatever cars we accept will accommodate BEV [fully electric] derivatives. It’s not the alone propulsion arrangement we’re alive on, but BEV will be allotment of it.”
Popham did abode the abeyant about-face to Geely-sourced engines by adage that his aggregation will accept admission to powertrains that abide aural the accumulation appropriate now, as able-bodied as units that were at the time beneath development.
“But we’re not belted to that. We’re actual chargeless to coact with, and antecedent from, added manufacturers,” he added.