UNITED KINGDOM: Lotus, the iconic British automaker, has taken the wraps off its highly anticipated flagship electric sedan, the Emeya, at a grand unveiling event in New York City.
Formerly known as the Type 133, this four-door marvel is poised to challenge heavyweights like the Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan Turbo, marking Lotus’s return to the sedan segment since the Opel Omega-based Carlton in the 1990s.
At the forefront of Emeya’s design is an emphasis on aerodynamics, featuring an active grille that optimizes efficiency and cooling. The sedan boasts an array of active aerodynamic elements, including a front spoiler, a motorsport-inspired active diffuser, and a widened rear spoiler that generates an impressive 474 pounds of downforce.
Setting new standards for sustainable luxury, Lotus pioneers the use of yarn derived from cotton waste in Emeya’s upholstery. This innovative approach not only showcases a commitment to eco-conscious materials but also trims weight compared to traditional leather.
Inside, cutting-edge technology is seamlessly integrated. A KEF 3D surround sound system with noise cancellation enhances the cabin experience, while exterior vibration sensors work in tandem with algorithms to reduce interference from tire and suspension movement. A 55-inch augmented reality head-up display provides quick access to crucial driving information.
The Emeya shares its platform with the Eletre, utilizing the bespoke Electric Premium Architecture (EPA) derived from Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA). The impressive 102 kWh battery pack offers a range of approximately 373 miles on the WLTP cycle and can charge at a rapid 350 kW.
Performance is nothing short of astonishing, with the Emeya’s 905 horsepower and 726 pound-feet of torque propelling it from 0-62 mph in a mere 2.8 seconds. A race-grade braking system and a two-speed transmission ensure precise control.
Production is slated to commence in 2024 at the Geely-owned Wuhan plant in China, with the Emeya expected to hit US shores by Q4 2024. Lotus aims for 30 percent of its total sales to come from the US market by 2025.
After amassing over 17,000 orders this year for models like the Eletre and Emira, Lotus is poised to reshape the EV landscape with the Emeya, setting a new standard for electric luxury performance.