Lotus’s rumoured city car will arrive in 2015 and will undercut sports car rival the Aston Martin Cygnet by around £2000. The baby Lotus is being developed alongside a new supermini from Lotus parent company Proton, which itself will go on sale in early 2014.
Lotus boss Dany Bahar told Auto Express, "There’s no point in trying to fight the MINIs, and the small BMWs and Audis unless you have a special offering. Our car will be an EV or range extended EV and will offer performance of no other small car."
Although the car will first be seen as a Proton, Bahar is insistent that it will be easily switchable to a Lotus and will fully justify the inflated price tag over the Proton version.
Bahar also confirmed that Lotus is on schedule with its ambitious five-year plan, with a new Esprit set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013 and go on sale around four months later. According to Bahar, the base Esprit will always be a hybrid, as will the convertible version. However, performance versions will eschew hybrid tech for more power and less weight.
Bahar also confirmed that he’ll be at Lotus until 2015 having recently agreed to stay at Hethel for another four years – his deal was struck when Proton’s MD and HR Director visited Lotus for their staff Christmas party.