Lotus has announced that the world premiere of the Type 132 electric crossover will take place in March, with trials scheduled for the end of the year. Production will be organized at the new Lotus Tech Smart Factory in Wuhan, China, with a design capacity of 150,000 vehicles per year. Also, a new image of the crossover appeared on the Web, which was shown to journalists during the Lotus event.
The Type 132 is known to be based on the new SEA modular architecture developed by Geely Holding, which owns Lotus. The platform is designed for vehicles with a wheelbase from 2998 to 3100 millimeters and provides for the installation of a battery with a capacity of 90-120 kilowatt-hours. The maximum range of an electric vehicle on SEA is expected to reach 632 kilometers.
In the new image, the car looks less bulky than originally intended. Previously, the model confirmed “innovative active dampers” in the bumper, which will cool the elements of the power plant and reduce air resistance, and a lidar on the roof. From standstill to 100 kilometers per hour, the crossover can accelerate in about three seconds.
So far, Lotus has only one electric car in its arsenal – the Evija hypercar with a four-engine power plant with a peak output of 2028 horsepower. It spends the same three seconds to accelerate from standstill to “hundreds”, and the maximum speed is electronically limited at around 340 kilometers per hour.
The Type 132 will be followed by a four-door coupe (Type 133), which is scheduled to premiere in 2023, and another D-segment SUV (Type 134), which will be shown in 2025. A year later, in 2026, the Type 135 electric sports car will be added to the lineup.