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Lotus Eletre ‘Hyper-SUV’ priced from £89,500

Three versions of the all-electric Lotus Eletre ‘Hyper-SUV’ will be available – the Eletre, Eletre S and Eletre R – with prices starting at £89,500 for the Eletre.

There will be two EV powertrains – 603 hp or 905 hp – with the Eletre R being the world’s fastest dual-motor pure electric SUV.

There are high expectations for the Lotus Eletre in the key areas of traditional Lotus expertise, ie. ride and handling, steering and optimised aerodynamics.

As standard the Eletre comes with five drive modes, active air suspension, torque vectoring, matrix LED headlights, active front grille, 22-inch 10-spoke forged wheels, wireless smartphone charging, 12-way electrically adjustable front seats and four-zone automatic climate control.

The Eletre and Eletre S feature the 603 hp single-speed powertrain, with a maximum range of 373 miles. There’s 710 Nm of torque, delivering a 0-62 mph performance of 4.5 seconds.

The Eletre S costs £104,500. The specification includes privacy glass, active rear spoiler, configurable ambient lighting, illuminated side sills, soft door close, auto-dimming side mirrors and an air quality system. It also includes a 2,160-watt, 23-speaker KEF Reference Audio.

The Eletre R comes with the flagship 905 hp dual-speed system and a maximum range of 304 miles. There’s 985 Nm of torque, delivering a 0-62 mph performance of 2.95 seconds. 

The Eletre R is priced at £120,000. It has a top speed of 165 mph and can accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 2.95 seconds. Track Mode is exclusive to the Eletre R and is part of its standard specification. Compared with other versions, it provides a lowered ride height, and more performance-oriented settings for the dampers and anti-roll control. Track mode includes a fully open active grille and a launch control with instant access to the car’s full power.

The standard specification of the Eletre R also includes Lotus Dynamic Handling Pack, Carbon Fibre Pack, gloss black wheels, stainless steel sports pedals, black badging and high-performance tyres. 

The 112 kWh battery for all versions has a charging time (10%-80%) of just 20 minutes using a rapid charger.

In the UK the Eletre rides on 22-inch wheels as standard, though 20-inch and 23-inch are available. 

All versions of the Eletre feature five seats as standard, with a four-seat version available as part of the Executive Seat Pack. There’s even a 688-litre boot (five seats) or 611-litre boot (four seats). 

The advanced ‘digital cockpit’ cabin on the Eletre has an Operating System called Lotus Hyper OS, with state-of-the-art processing power allowing an ultra-slim floating 15.1-inch one-billion-colour full High-Definition OLED touchscreen for more realistic graphics and more futuristic visual effects.

Lotus is partnering with HERE Technologies to deliver integrated navigation services for the Eletre. The service includes EV Routing, EV Range Assistant and Predictive Routing, and can be updated via Over-The-Air (OTA) updates.

There’s a 1,380-watt, 15-speaker KEF Premium Audio system and Lotus also has a new collaboration with Dolby, creator of the immersive audio experience Dolby Atmos. Lotus says that the driver and passengers “will feel like they’re sitting in the middle of the recording studio alongside the artist”.

Also standard is the deployable LIDAR technology, a world-first in a production car which supports end-to-end autonomous driving (AD) technology. Integrated OTA software update capability ensures the system will be fully ready when individual market regulations allow for the more advanced levels of AD.

At launch there are six exterior colours to choose from – Natron Red, Galloway Green, Stellar Black, Kaimu Grey, Blossom Grey and Solar Yellow. More will follow later.

The Eletre is available with a state-of-the-art alternative to leather that is environmentally friendly, odour-free, and lasts longer than genuine leather. A new man-made fibre has also been used in the carpets and boot liner. It is 100% recycled and 100% recyclable, and there is no waste in the production process.

The Eletre has been testing on the Nürburgring – and Lotus is working on advanced technology which will ultimately allow customers to drive the Nürburgring circuit autonomously.

All Eletre customers have further opportunities to customise and personalise their car to their requirements using option packs. Those available at launch include the Lotus Dynamic Handling Pack, Ceramic Brake Pack, Executive Seat Pack, Comfort Seat Pack, Carbon Fibre Pack, Extended Carbon Fibre Pack and Interior Carbon Fibre Pack. Many options from the packs are also available individually. Two Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Packs are also available – the Parking Pack and a Highway Assist Pack.

In the UK the Lotus Eletre will come with a five-year / 100,000-mile vehicle warranty, plus five years of pan-European roadside assistance. 

The Lotus Eletre is a collaboration between the product definition and attributes teams at Hethel, the home of Lotus since 1966; the design teams at Lotus Tech Creative Centre (LTCC) in Coventry; the engineering teams at Lotus Tech Innovation Centre (LTIC) in Raunheim, Germany; and the Lotus Tech engineering and manufacturing teams in Wuhan, China.

Customer deliveries of the Lotus Eletre start during the first half of 2023.