British Supercar brand Lotus has finally made its way to India and has officially set up its first outlet in New Delhi. The first model for our market from the company is the Eletre electric SUV which has been launched with a starting price tag of Rs 2.55 crore (Ex-showroom). Now, this is also the brand’s first electric SUV, with another performance electric Sedan called “Emeya” also in the works, set to launch in 2024 and shares the same design language and some other components with the Eletre.
The Lotus Eletre is sold in 3 variants – The base Eletre (Rs 2.55 crore, ex-showroom), Eletre S (Rs 2.75 crore, ex-showroom) and the Eletre R (Rs 2.99 crore, ex-showroom) which is the top variant.
Lotus Eletre Design
From the outside, the Eletre’s sporty appearance will make anyone look twice on the road. The front has a low-slung stance with sleek LED headlamps on both ends with a large grille, which looks very menacing and aggressive. Coming to the side, the sloping roofline of the SUV is very noticeable and it flows to the back where it meets a raked tailgate which also gets sleek LED tail lamps/ bar and a sporty bumper.
And it might not look like it but the Eletre is huge with 5 metres in length and a wheelbase of 3,019 mm wheelbase. Furthermore, the car rolls on massive 5-spoke alloy wheels with a 23-inch rim size.
Lotus Eletre Interior and Features
As much as sporty it is from the outside, the Inside is very luxurious and spacious with some of the best in class features such as a large 15.1-inch floating infotainment touchscreen with a 3rd display for the passenger, a fully digital driver’s display, even separate screens where the rearview cameras will project their feed.
Other features include a 15-speaker KEF sound system setup with a 23-speaker 3D surround sound setup as an option, 5G connectivity and connected car technology for convenience, and LIDAR-based driver assistance features.
Lotus Eletre Powertrain
Let’s focus on the options we get for the Eletre SUV in terms of power and performance in India. Lotus is offering the Eletre in 3 variants and 2 powertrains, both with dual motors and a large 112 kWh battery pack. The Lotus Eletre and Eletre S variants produce 603 PS of power with 710 Nm of torque with a WLTP-claimed mileage of 600 km. Both variants are capable of doing the 0-100 kph sprint in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 258 kph.
Meanwhile, the top variant Eletre R produces a massive 905 PS of power with 985 Nm of torque and is capable of doing the 0-100 kph run in just 2.95 seconds with a top speed of 265 kph. Though with more power we’ll have to compromise with the driving range which is reduced to 490 km in this top variant.
The SUV is based on the 800V architecture, meaning it takes only 20 minutes to charge up to 400 km of range.
Lotus Eletre Rivals
As of now, the Lotus Eletre does not have any electric rivals at its price point but does face some competition from ICE-powered SUVs such as the Lamborghini Urus, Audi RS Q8 and BMW XM.