Lotus are planning a new Lotus Esprit for 2021 based on the Evora underpinnings with V6 Hybrid, bridging the leap to a new platform and models.
But the Evija is just the start, and we can expect to see a whole new range of Lotus models in the coming years as Geely funds a new direction for Lotus, including a Lotus SUV.
But that’s not going to happen until Lotus has a new platform so, according to Autocar, there’s going to be a ‘bridging’ model between the new and the old. And it’ll be based on the Evora’s underpinnings.
Perhaps called the Esprit – and perhaps not – the new Lotus will use the Evora’s underpinnings – although as a new model sitting above the Evora, not replacing it – and come with a V6 engine, probably sourced from Toyota and perhaps good for up to 500bhp.
The Toyota V6 is expected to use some of Volvo’s know-how with supercharging, turbocharging and hybrid to deliver the power, and just like every other Lotus there’s ever been lightness will be high on the agenda.
It sounds like a plausible plan, and perhaps the last look at a new Lotus Esprit (above), when Dany Bahar was planning to transform Lotus a decade ago, gives us a clue how it will look. Although a new Esprit (if that’s what it gets named) will probably take its design cues from the Lotus Evija (below).