Ever since Lotus announced plans to introduce an SUV, we all knew that car was going to be a lot heavier than Norfolk's crop of sports cars. It became even more evident when the Geely-owned marque revealed the high-riding model was going to be purely electric. An educated guess told us it was going to be heavier than the Evija hypercar, which itself is quite the porker by Lotus standards since it tips the scales at 1,680 kilograms (3,700 pounds).
When the Eletre was finally revealed earlier this week, Lotus refrained from talking about its weight. We do know the black body parts are made from carbon fibre while the rest are constructed from lightweight aluminium. Additional weight-saving measures include the use of wool-blend fabric for the seat upholstery to cut 50 per cent of fat compared to regular leather.
According to a new report from Piston Heads, the engineers at Lotus are targeting a curb weight of 2,000 kg (4,409 lbs). That might not sound impressive, especially for a Lotus, but it would make it substantially lighter than segment rivals. For example, the Tesla Model X Plaid weighs a hefty 2,455 kg (5,412 lbs) while an Audi E-Tron S is even heavier, at 2,655 kg (5,853 lbs).
The substantial weight difference explains why the Eletre with "only" 600 bhp can do 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than three seconds. Speaking of horsepower, a separate report from Top Gear magazine claims a more potent derivative with as much as 900 bhp is planned. It's rumoured to adopt a tri-motor setup by installing a second rear motor with 300 bhp.
The range-topping Lotus SUV is believed to complete the sprint in "well below 2.5 seconds," which would make the 5.1-second Audi E-Tron S seem slow. At the same time, it would be a tad quicker than the Tesla Model X Plaid (2.6 seconds) as well. It is believed the Eletre with a trio of e-motors is scheduled to arrive in the next couple of years.
In the meantime, the zero-emissions Lotus on stilts will be in the hands of early adopters from China, Europe, and the UK from 2023. It's going to be built in China at a new factory erected by parent company Geely in Wuhan. Details about US availability will follow in due course.