The legendary British company Lotus is undergoing a revolution for itself, like never before. This sports gene company discontinued its entire lineup a few weeks ago and It will be this spring when a new aspect of the company becomes known, where, for the first time, SUV and sedan bodies fit together.. The so-called Lotus Tech Creative Center design studio has taken control of the project in recent days, working closely with the classic Lotus Design team.
The design studios mentioned above are derivatives of an existing studio called Geely Design Studio. For those who doubt all this, Lotus was acquired by Chinese company Geely to become part of its automotive business group. This has given the British company new horizons and a new battlefield to swing its contest on, as it moves away from its original gen of offering only light, performance sports cars.
The original Geely Design Studio will continue to be based in Warwickshire, England, this has not changed, but now, under this new designation, it will work alongside classic Lotus Design studio. Both studios will perform all design operations of the new Lotus brand under the LTCC name (Lotus Tech Creative Center), is thus responsible for shaping every new electric model of the British company to come, starting with the so-called Type 132, an electric SUV that will shine next spring.
Geely has big plans for the new Lotus era. Among them is carrying out manufacturing of different models at the company’s eastern-owned factory in Wuhan, China, while the technology will be extracted from Lotus’ own Technological Innovation Center, in Raunheim, Germany. Geely wanted to make Lotus a “global performance car brand and business”, which meant a greater focus on practicality and everyday usability., though without giving up its sportier and more capable genes. Something similar to what we experienced with Porsche decades ago.
The conversion of the Lotus design center will remain under the command of Ben Payne, who previously headed the design division of Bugatti or Aston Martin. Joining him is Peter Horbury, current Senior Vice President, Executive Advisor and Head of Design at Lotus, who was appointed to his new role last September. The effective union of LTCC and Lotus Design has begun to bear fruit and in full capacity, along with other German and Chinese facilities, to give the green light to the new face of the Lotus Type 132, whose first teaser was published a few months ago.
This Lotus Type 132, along with the already presented Lotus Evija, will be the first electric cars to reach this range. The SUV, as logically, will have access to a wider population as it is presented as a much more affordable model than an untouched hypercar and its electric power is over 2,000 hp. After the arrival of Type 132, they will continue with The Type 133, which will be represented under the bodywork of the four-door sports coupe to compete with the Porsche Taycan, as well as a second, more full-size SUV called the Type 134. Then came The Type 135, which will be an electric sports car that will be a natural replacement for the now-defunct Lotus Elise.
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