Lotus is on the cusp of introducing its inaugural sedan since the early ’90s Carlton model.
Late this Tuesday, the British high-performance brand unveiled a preview video, showcasing a svelte four-door vehicle designated as the Emeya.
Initially known by the internal code name Type 133 and speculated to bear the moniker Envya, the Emeya is slated for its official introduction on September 7 as an all-electric sedan. It is poised to complement the Eletre mid-size SUV and another compact crossover internally known as the Type 134 in Lotus’s expanding portfolio of mainstream electric vehicles.
The preview footage suggests that the Emeya’s design shares similarities in contour with the Tesla Model S, and also borrows styling elements from its sibling, the Eletre. At the frontal aspect, the sedan features dual-element daytime running lights, while a light strip resembling the one on the Eletre decorates the rear.
Secretly taken images of prototype vehicles have further disclosed that the Emeya will inherit the Eletre’s front fascia’s triangular active shutters. Additionally, the car will be equipped with camera-based side mirrors, though this feature’s U.S. availability remains uncertain, pending the model’s potential introduction in the country.
While Lotus has already confirmed that the Eletre will be available for purchase in the U.S. by 2024, there has been no official word on the Emeya’s or other electric models’ stateside availability. If authorized for a U.S. market debut, the Emeya is also expected to arrive in 2024.
The Emeya is anticipated to be built on the Electric Premium Architecture, the dedicated electric vehicle platform also employed for the Eletre. This platform in the SUV configuration supports up to 905 horsepower and a 112 kWh battery pack. It also accommodates features like dual-motor all-wheel drive, air suspension, and fast charging capabilities at 350 kW. Similar specifications can be expected for the sedan model.
Prospective competitors in the market could include the Audi E-Tron GT, Porsche Taycan, Lucid Air, and top-tier variants of the Tesla Model S. Another brand under the Zhejiang Geely umbrella, Polestar, is also in the process of developing a comparable model slated for a next-year release, identified as the Polestar 5.
Vehicle Development and Production
The development of the Emeya, along with the Eletre and the upcoming compact crossover, is managed by Lotus Technology. This division specializes in the production of non-sports car models for Lotus and will oversee the manufacturing of these vehicles at a facility located in Wuhan, China.
Beyond the forthcoming Emeya, Lotus is planning to launch the Type 134 compact crossover around the year 2025. Subsequently, a new sports car internally referred to as the Type 135 is projected for a 2026 release. It is confirmed that all future vehicles from Lotus will be electric, as the current Emira sports car will be the brand’s final model featuring a gasoline engine.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about I apologize for any confusion. If there is anything specific you would like to know or discuss further, please feel free to ask.
When will Lotus unveil the Emeya?
The Emeya, an all-electric sedan by Lotus, is slated for its official introduction on September 7.
What significance does the Emeya hold for Lotus?
The Emeya marks Lotus’s first sedan offering since the early ’90s Carlton model. It represents a pivotal development as the company expands its portfolio of electric vehicles.
What is the Emeya’s internal code name and what was it previously rumored to be called?
The internal code name for the Emeya is “Type 133.” It was previously speculated to bear the name “Envya.”
What other electric vehicles will be in Lotus’s lineup?
Besides the Emeya, Lotus’s electric vehicle lineup will include the Eletre mid-size SUV and a compact crossover internally known as the Type 134.
What are some of the Emeya’s design features?
Based on the teaser video, the Emeya is expected to feature dual-element daytime running lights at the front and a rear light strip similar to the one found on the Eletre. Additionally, the vehicle will incorporate triangular active shutters in the front fascia.
Will the Emeya be available in the U.S. market?
As of now, Lotus has not confirmed the Emeya’s availability in the U.S. market. However, if approved for a U.S. launch, the Emeya is expected to arrive in 2024.
What platform will the Emeya use?
The Emeya is anticipated to be built on the Electric Premium Architecture, a dedicated electric vehicle platform also employed for the Eletre.
What are the potential competitors for the Emeya?
The Emeya is likely to compete with high-end electric sedans like the Audi E-Tron GT, Porsche Taycan, Lucid Air, and top-tier versions of the Tesla Model S.
Where will the Emeya be manufactured?
The vehicle is expected to be manufactured at a facility in Wuhan, China, managed by Lotus Technology, the division responsible for non-sports car models at Lotus.
What is Lotus’s future electric vehicle roadmap?
Beyond the Emeya, Lotus plans to launch the Type 134 compact crossover around 2025, followed by a new sports car, the Type 135, around 2026. All future models from Lotus will be electric.
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