The Lotus sports car is getting a long-awaited replacement very soon. Lotus boss Phil Popham announced that the brand would unveil a new sports car in the British summer, which is in the third quarter of the year.
Speaking to Automotive News, Phopham said that production on the new vehicle won’t start until 2022. It will be built at their Hethel plant, which was recently overhauled to help reach the brand’s goal of lifting sales from 1600 cars yearly to around 5000 units yearly.
While not getting into specifics, the CEO did say that the yet unnamed sports car would be powered with an internal combustion engine in place of the pure-electric powertrain in development for the Evija hypercar.
Once it hits the market, Popham expects the sports car to provide “substantial growth”. It will likely be priced from £55,000 (about R1 007 336) to £105,000 (about R1 923 097).
Lotus is now under the Chinese-owned Geely Holding Group umbrella, which also owns Volvo. However, it does not seem likely Lotus will borrow from its new sibling’s architecture as Volvo’s platform is far too heavy to stay true to Lotus.
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