Lotus has shown an incredible five new cars at the Paris Motor Show, all of which feature some form of optional hybrid technology.
Five new cars on one motor show stand is a big deal for any manufacturer, but for a small company such as Lotus, these are very ambitious new model plans. Although the cars start at the more affordable end with an Elise replacement, the new range includes cars that will rival Porsche and Aston Martin.
Lotus Engineering is carrying out lots of work at the forefront of ultra-low carbon vehicle development, and one of our favourite concepts from the last 12 months is the Lotus Evora hybrid – an electric Evora with a range extender engine – but there’s no details of any such cutting-edge electric technology in the new range of cars.
The most affordable of the new Lotus range is a two-seater, mid-engined, rear-wheel drive Elise, and this will have a ‘mild hybrid’ option – this means start/stop. With this technology, the Elise will emit around 150 g/km CO2. It’s due to be on sale in spring 2015 at around £35,000.
Next up is the Elan, a two-seater (with a 2+2 option) with a mid-engined 4.0 litre V6 and rear-wheel drive. It’s due to go on sale in autumn 2013 at around £75,000. With optional hybrid technology with KERS, CO2 emissions are predicted to be 199 g/km.
The much-anticipated new Esprit will be a two-seater with a mid-engined 5.0 litre V8, with an optional KERS hybrid system. It’s expected to have CO2 emissions of 250 g/km with this technology, and is due in spring 2013 at a price of £110,000.
The Elite will be a 2+2 with a front-mid positioned 5.0 litre V8 engine. A hybrid gearbox with integrated electric motors and KERS will be optional, resulting in 215 g/km CO2. The Elite is due in spring 2014 at a price of around £115,000.
Finally, the Eterne will be a four-door, four-seater sports GT. It will have a front-mid-engined 5.0 litre V8, and will be rear-wheel drive, although all-wheel drive will be an option, as will be a hybrid gearbox with integrated electric motors and KERS. Estimated to emit 220 g/km CO2, the Eterne is expected to be on sale in spring 2015 at around £120,000.
The pricing refers to the basic model, no prices have been confirmed for the additional hybrid technology options.