Lotus will dig into the Geely Group’s organ bank to design the much anticipated future SUV.
This is what announced Marc Gales, the CEO of the British manufacturer, in an interview given to a fellow American.
“Let’s call the modules. Platform suggests something big and heavy and it’s not like that. We will intensively use a mix of new and proven Geely Group modules and combine them to create a beautiful and powerful crossover, “he said.
The future SUV of Lotus could therefore inherit the platform SPA of Volvo . The SPA structure would limit the range of engines to four-cylinder engines, but Marc Gales said the SUV will have a hybrid option . The future SUV Lotus could therefore offer more than 400 hp under the hood and remain very efficient thanks to a very contained weight.
The SUV will also use Volvo’s architecture and electrical equipment , including the large touch screen. “I like the new Volvo interiors because they are so simple,” said Marc Gales. “The screen is great,” he added.
Scheduled for 2021, the Lotus SUV should allow Lotus to exceed the mark of 10,000 annual sales according to Marc Gales, compared with the 1,600 cars sold in 2017.