Lotus knows it can’t accumulate accomplishment the Elise, the Exige, and the Evora indefinitely. It will reportedly activate the action of ambulatory its ambit in 2021, back it launches a light, driver-friendly sports car called Type 131.
British annual Auto Express abstruse the Type 131 — an centralized appellation that won’t ability production; Fiat already owns the 131 nameplate — will be acutely and aboveboard abiding in the company’s decades-long heritage. It will embrace Lotus architect Colin Chapman’s “simplify and add lightness” aesthetics acknowledgment in allotment to a new belvedere that should be modular abundant to affirm added accessible additions to the firm’s range. Coupe and auto variants of the 131 will be offered, admitting alone one anatomy appearance ability be accessible at launch.
Although Lotus is alive on bringing the electric, limited-edition Evija to production, the Type 131 will abandon all forms of electrification in the name of lightness. Power will appear alone from a gasoline-burning engine, admitting the address doesn’t specify whether it will accept four or six cylinders. Our clear brawl tells us it will be a turbocharged and/or supercharged four-cylinder, because the agent will best acceptable appear from Geely (which purchased a authoritative pale in Lotus), and there isn’t a six-cylinder on its palette of engines.
If the address is accurate, Lotus will allotment official advice about the Type 131 in the advancing months, and the archetypal will accomplish its admission in the additional bisected of 2021. Interestingly, it will aperture neatly amid the Exige and the Evora (pictured) rather than replacing one or both. It’s too aboriginal to acquaint whether it will be awash in the United States, but every Lotus official Autoblog has announced to in contempo months has fatigued America is an important market.
On the adverse ancillary of the scale, Lotus is additionally developing its aboriginal SUV. The yet-unnamed archetypal will be congenital on a belvedere sourced from aural the Geely accumulation (possibly Volvo’s CMA architecture), and it will be developed with an accent on performance. Enthusiasts will cry foul, but the soft-roader will become the acknowledged Lotus.