Lotus Cars, the fancy British maker of swanky sports cars and electric lifestyle rides, has officially made its debut in India with the Eletre electric SUV. This exceptional vehicle comes in three variants: the Standard model, priced for ₹2.55 crore, the S model for ₹2.75 crore, and the range-topping R model ₹2.99 crore (ex-showroom).
With its global debut in early 2022, the Eletre marks Lotus's leap into the world of SUVs. This vehicle flaunts a stylish and sporty design, with sharp headlights and air vents on the hood. Plus, it’s got two spoilers, one up top and another right above the full-width tail lamp. The Eletre also flaunts a distinctive lightbar that lights up in green when it's charging.
The Eletre is built on the innovative 'Electric Premium Architecture' (EPA), designed to be low-to-the-ground to deliver that signature Lotus handling. Lotus also says this platform is not just for the Eletre – it's a springboard for a whole lineup of future electric lifestyle products from Lotus. In context, Lotus Cars is also gearing up to bring the Emira to the Indian market. Emira is a mid-engine sports car that comes with a choice between two engines – a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 or a supercharged V6.
The Eletre, on the other hand, is an all-wheel-drive powerhouse, with motors on both axles with a combined capacity of 100 kWh, churning out a total output of 600 hp. With a 350 kW charging capacity, you can juice up for a 400 km range in just 20 minutes, while the total WLTP claimed range stretches 600 kilometers. When it comes to performance, it can go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than three seconds and can reach a top speed close to 260 km/h, Lotus says.
This hyper-SUV boasts rear-axle steering, air suspension, active anti-roll bars, cameras replacing side mirrors, and not one, not two, but four LiDar sensors primed for end-to-end autonomous functionality. Inside, it has got a sleek strip for the driver's display behind the steering wheel. A 15-inch touchscreen takes center stage on the console, completing the package with an overall artistic cabin.