The first SUV from Lotus has been rumored to be coming next year, and given how every new Lotus promises to be electric, you can bet this taller model will sit on an EV platform. Now, more about this Lotus has come to light at the 2021 Gangzhou Auto Show, including its name—well, its codename, “Type 132″—and a short teaser video.
The Type 132 looks to include some interesting tech on top of the sporty Lotus heritage it’s expected to live up to. Only a few people have seen the actual concept vehicle, as the brand hosted a VIP event showing it off in a private gathering just before the Gangzhou Auto Show on November 30, 2021. There are other private reveal events scheduled around the world just ahead of its world premiere, which has a date set for the spring of 2022.
In a speech during the show, Feng Qingfeng, CEO of Group Lotus, said that the Type 132 would be one of the first vehicles built at its new manufacturing facility in Wuhan, China. He also said, “As the backbone of Lotus’ future pure electric product range, Type 132 is in development and getting ready for production. In the future we will continue to expand the line-up and create more revolutionary products for global users.”
What We Can See
What has been revealed in these short clips so far include the 132’s “advanced” infotainment screen, part of its aerodynamic design, and “pioneering intelligent driving technology.” During the “Breath” portion of the short video, its lower grille shows off its hexagonal pattern, which is made of individual triangles that open and close as part of an active shuttering for cooling and aerodynamics with a splitter below it.
At the “Stretch” portion of the video, the spoiler “stretches” out from what looks like the tailgate or rear roof section. According to Lotus, “It continues a long history of Lotus pioneering active and aero technologies, dating back to legendary triumphs in Formula 1 and stretching right up to the present day with the ‘porous’ and aerodynamic design of the Evija hypercar.”
In “Awaken”, we see the infotainment screen lift up from the dashboard; it appears to be angled towards the driver. Lotus says it is part of an “immersive start-up sequence of multiple screens, sounds and lights, demonstrating the car has woken and is ready for action.” Finally, “See” gives us a glimpse of the 132’s very interesting LIDAR solution. It pops up from the roof, just above the windshield and reminds us of the scoop found on the Exige S.
That’s all we have at the moment, at least until the new SUV is revealed to the world this upcoming spring. It’s going to be interesting to see how not only Lotus does an SUV but how it does a true production version of its first EV.
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