New Lotus Type 131, goodbye to the Evora, Exige and Elise | Digital Trends Spanish
Lotus, which has been on the market since 1948 – and with its current range for more than 10 years – decides to make a substantial change in its products and says goodbye to its emblematic Elise, Exige and Evora models to make room for the new Type 131 .
Three models will be derived from the Type 131, as can be seen in the image they published this Monday, January 25 in their official account, next to what was the 130, their hypercar better known as Evija, presented in 2019 and that will begin occur this year.
Elise, Exige and Evora will reach approximately 55,000 units at the time of finalizing their production, this 2021, to enter the new Type 131, which we can expect for 2022.
The Type 131 will be manufactured at the Hethel facility in Norfolk, United States. The investment already exceeds 100 million (about $ 137 million dollars), this since Geely and Etika will take over the company in 2017.
The capital injection carried out by Geely (owner of 51 percent of Lotus) has served to carry out new projects, such as the production of the lightweight chassis at the new Norwich plant, where 12,300 square meters will be used to create several thousand units with the help of 125 employees. All for the benefit of the new range and changes to Lotus.
The lines seen in the image presented by the sports car manufacturer show very marked features of the Evija, of course, as the brand’s flagship, and how it will inherit the best from its younger brothers: a very sloping and aggressive front, with large air intakes in the lower part, LED lights as a signature (which gives it brand identity), and very marked wheel arches front and rear. An undeniable silhouette of a high-flying sports car that makes your sprinting intentions clear.
Regarding engines, perhaps we could expect some V6 with hybridization, of which there were rumors a few months ago; No more has been said or confirmed what to expect in the Type 131.