Lotus, the famous English sports car brand, is coming to India on November 9, 2023. Now, it is owned by a Chinese company called Geely. They will be selling their cars in India through Exclusive Motors in New Delhi, which will also handle distribution across the country.
Lotus India entry confirmed for November 9
We will get more information about Lotus’ plans for India in the next few days. This will include details about which car models they will introduce, when you can book them, and when they will start delivering them. Sources say that the first two models they’re likely to bring are the petrol-powered Emira sports car and the all-electric Eletre SUV. These cars will be imported, and they will be expensive. We can expect more models to come later, but we don’t know when or what they will be called.
The Emira is like a classic Lotus car, lightweight and focused on fun driving rather than power or comfort. It’s like a spiritual successor to famous Lotus models like the Elise, Exige, Esprit, and Elan. What makes the Emira different is that it has more luxury features like digital instruments, cup holders, and a touchscreen. In India, you can choose between two engines: a 365hp 2.0-liter engine from AMG or a 406hp 3.5-liter engine from Toyota. The first one comes with an 8-speed automatic, and the second one is expected to have a 6-speed gearbox. The manual version is not likely to be available in India. The Emira will cost between Rs 2.5-3 crore when it’s in showrooms.
The Eletre is an SUV and a departure from Lotus’ traditional sports cars. It’s designed to be modern and spacious. Even though it’s made with strong materials, it’s heavier than typical Lotus cars, weighing 2,520kg. However, it’s still quite aerodynamic, with a drag coefficient of 0.26, and it can go up to 600km on a single charge. Lotus will offer the all-electric SUV in three versions: Eletre (611hp), Eletre S (611hp), and Eletre R (918hp). They all use the same 109kWh battery, which can be charged with a 350kW unit. The Eletre will cost between Rs 2.5-3.1 crore in showrooms.
Lotus is set to make its mark in the Indian automotive market, offering a blend of its classic lightweight sports cars and a futuristic all-electric SUV. With the Emira and Eletre models, the brand seeks to cater to diverse tastes and preferences. While embracing its heritage of driving pleasure and agility, Lotus also adapts to the SUV trend. However, Indian consumers should be prepared for premium pricing. As Lotus revs up for its India debut, car enthusiasts await further details with anticipation.