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Report: Lotus Crossover Could Be Brand's First-Ever Diesel Model

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/29/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Lotus will debut a crossover in 2019, and it could come equipped with alternative powertrains. Speaking with Auto Express, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales hinted at hybrid and diesel options for the new model, depending on where it is eventually sold.


The crossover will feature a gasoline engine, and most likely, hybrid electrification to satisfy customers in China, which is so far the only market Lotus has confirmed for the crossover's launch. But if Lotus decides to bring the model to Europe, it would "have to be offered with a diesel engine," Gales said. This would make it the first diesel-powered Lotus in history.

It seems likely that the model will make its way to Lotus' home market in the U.K., but only if it proves successful in China. Fortunately, Gales "strongly" believes this will be the case. Previously, Gales said that the model could offer an engine similar to the automaker's Toyota-sourced supercharged 1.8-liter inline-four engine, or the 3.5-liter V-6 engine in the current Lotus lineup, including the new 3-Eleven. He claims that the crossover will be lighter and faster than competitors. Lotus 3 Eleven Front Three Quarter At Goodwood 2© Provided by MotorTrend Lotus 3 Eleven Front Three Quarter At Goodwood 2

"Currently SUVs are too big and heavy," Gales said. “We want to get SUVs to be light and fast. The nearest rival will be the Porsche Macan – but ours will be better.”

Before the crossover arrives, Lotus will update the Elise, Exige, and Evora. These models will retain their same basic engines, but should offer lighter steering and easier entry and exit compared to the current models. Although hybrid power is a real option for the crossover, Gales said it wouldn't be suitable for Lotus' sports cars.

2016 Lotus Evora 400

Source: Auto Express

2013 Lotus Evora S© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 Lotus Evora S

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