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Leaked: Is Lotus building a crossover?

Leaked: Is Lotus building a crossover? image

Anton Andres / PCAuto | November 09, 2017 13:34

Patent drawings reveal Lotus' crossover is close to reality

There's no denying that crossovers are hugely popular vehicles. So much so that even sports car manufacturer Lotus is seriously considering building one.

In the past, there were already talks of building such a vehicle. Lotus even made a concept car back in 2006 dubbed the APX, signaling their intentions to go mainstream even back then. Now, leaked patent images show that the British marque is likely closer to bringing the car into production. Chinese motoring website PCAuto was able to obtain the said photos of the high-riding Lotus.

Leaked: Is Lotus building a crossover?

One look at the patent drawings and key Lotus design signatures are present. At the front are headlights that closely resemble the ones found in the Elise. Large air intakes then occupy the bumper, which features defined character lines. More creases and edges can be seen on its side and drawings also suggests a wide rear quarter panel. Also, the rear window treatment is an ode to the Evora with its upswept design. Overall, the profile sees a sleek, coupe-like shape.

Leaked: Is Lotus building a crossover?

At the rear, there are more key Lotus design signatures. The round tail lights follow those seen in the Elise, Exige and Evora. There is also a steeply raked rear windshield and a unique treatment to the roof, suggesting it is some form of aerodynamic aid. Speaking of aero, diffusers are present on the rear bumpers.

Given that Geely now owns Lotus Cars, it will likely use either the SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) or CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform should the yet to be named crossover reach production. Being Lotus, expect the company's know-how on lightweight materials to be applied to the car as well. Engines may possibly be sourced from Volvo, as they too are under the ownership of the Chinese company.

Source: PCAuto via Autocar UK