Spotted tests of the Lotus Type 132 electric crossover in China
Thanks to Carscoops, we know that Chinese social media user Weibo Ductile Iron BX spotted a prototype Lotus Type 132 being tested on Chinese roads. It’s the vehicle that will usher in the English sports car maker’s transition to a battery-electric future and its future as a supplier of crossovers, the once dirty word among the light and simple crowd that’s just too profitable to be ignored. In profile, the long, low roof makes the Type 132 look like a raised Allroad-style wagon rather than a traditional crossover. The heavy camouflage cannot hide the protruding tail which contains a deployable spoiler. Those full-size wheels look good, but they don’t fill out the arches as you’d expect from fast SUVs; we won’t be surprised if larger rims appear on the first model, with an option for even larger rims. The vent-like rear quarter glass treatment is a neat touch.
We know the black drapery hides other touches like an active lower grille, its hexagonal mesh dotted with panels that open up to provide the right combination of powertrain cooling and vehicle aerodynamics, and some sort of unity sensor rising from the roof. Camouflage also can’t hide the sharp lines everywhere, from the concave front fascia to the arched rear fenders to the dramatic rear bumper. It could be a good start for Lotus’ era of people carriers.
The Type 132 is expected to debut this spring, building on the company’s Evolution architecture for high-end vehicles and featuring an 800-volt electrical system and a possible 120-kilowatt battery capacity. . Lotus said the crossover will hit 60 miles per hour in under 3 seconds, an estimate that likely refers to the twin-motor version that could produce up to 750 horsepower. Even though the Type 132’s place in the luxury segment will see it lined up against entries like the Aston Martin DBX and Porsche Cayenne, this is the first super sporty CUV from this OEM it will no doubt make it through the first part of his life thrown into battles with the Tesla Model X.