I feel sorry for the wind as it blows towards the 2024 Lotus Eletre. From a great distance, it must have been overjoyed to see what seems to be a gigantic SUV, which would be ideal for leaning on in order to enjoy a pleasant, soothing swirl. But our atoms and molecules won’t have a moment to relax. In its place, they will find themselves hurried up and rushed through in ordered lines, shoved into tunnels, and tucked snugly against the belly and sides of the Eletre, where they will be left breathless in its hardly disturbed aftermath. When Lotus produces a slippery SUV, it is a difficult day for a would-be vortex to exist.



In addition to preserving a drag coefficient of 0.26, the Eletre is tasked with another duty. In order to pay the bills, Lotus developed the Eletre sports car. Lotus has been tinkering around in Norfolk, England, for the better part of the past seven decades, creating the kind of cars whose straightforward design and unadulterated integrity are loved by many but purchased by very few. In a year in which sales are very strong, the Lotus factory may produce as many as 4,000 vehicles. In most years, the number was lower than 1500. All of this was acceptable due to the fact that a Lotus was a work of art that was crafted by a tiny team of devoted artisans who were willing to merely keep the lights on and the cars light.

Geely Group acquired a majority ownership in Lotus in 2017, and the Chinese multinational corporation has stated that it intends to broaden the audience for the Lotus brand beyond individuals who are familiar with Colin Chapman’s writings. Geely wants Lotus to offer more than only sports cars designed for winding roads in order to achieve its lofty objective of selling 100,000 vehicles annually by the year 2028. It is important to note that it took Lotus 70 years to produce its first 100,000 vehicles. The answer, as it appears to be for so many different types of sports cars, is an SUV with performance capabilities. A two-motor, all-wheel-drive four-door that seems part Evija—electric, quick, Swiss-cheesed with aero from front to rear—and part Europa—fat-backed and sure to generate contentious design discussions—is how Lotus barrels into this sector. The Evija is electric, fast, and Swiss-cheesed with aero from front to rear.

The very first SUV from Lotus.

There is a plenty of material to discuss. The Eletre is a large machine that is only a few of inches shorter than a Lamborghini Urus or, if you require a more pragmatic baseline, is approximately the same length as a Honda Pilot. The Eletre, in contrast to a Honda with flat sides, has a complicated terrain of rises and gullies; its sides have been pulled in as if it underwent undergone fat excision, and its bodywork is split by pass-throughs in the same manner as a midcentury kitchen.

Even by the standards of EVs, the interior of our Solar Yellow Eletre S was remarkably quiet. This was the first thing that stood out to us, as there are not many areas in the cabin where air may congregate and produce a commotion. There is no fake whirring that is piped in, and the car’s active road noise reduction works so well in concert with the rigorously regulated airflow that you can hear the susurrations of your arm against the different faux-suede-covered surfaces in the well-padded inside of the Eletre. There is no synthetic whirring that is piped in, and there is no synthetic whirring that is piped in. The only other sound that we heard while we were driving was the occasional click and buzz of the active rear spoiler as it adjusted between its four settings. For example, it would fold up when we were going slow but would completely extend when we were using heavy brakes.

The Eletre is available in three different trim levels, each of which is equipped with two motors, a 109.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is capable of being charged at up to 350 kilowatts, and an estimated driving range that, once the EPA stamps its approval on it, should be approximately 260 miles for the most powerful variant and 315 miles for the most civilised trim level. Even the lowest model of the Eletre comes equipped with standard features such as adaptive air springs, wheels measuring 22 inches, four-zone climate control, a head-up display, and wireless phone mirroring. The Eletre S includes a genuinely remarkable 23-speaker audio system, soft-close doors, and ambient lighting in addition to the efficient and effective active rear wing that makes a lot of noise. If you turn up the volume on that device, you should be able to easily mask the disruptive noise. The standard model and the S trim level both make use of the same permanent-magnet electric motors, which results in a total output of 603 horsepower and 523 pound-feet of torque. If that isn’t brisk enough for you, there is also the Eletre R, which has a more potent rear motor that brings the total number of horsepower to 905, as well as a two-speed gearbox (similar to the Porsche Taycan and the Audi e-tron GT) for an efficient blend of launch performance and range while travelling at high speeds. In addition, the R has a Track mode that reduces the interference caused by the stability control and increases the sensitivity of the accelerator.