It’s no secret Lotus is planning on producing an SUV and these patent images might give us our first idea of what to expect.
First seen on Chinese website PCauto.com.cn, these patent drawings preview the direction Lotus plans on taking with its first production SUV. The British automaker has not shied away from expressing its interests in developing and manufacturing an SUV, believing that it can introduce a model that sticks to its core values of being light and aerodynamic with excellent handling.
Now that Lotus is majority owned by China’s Geely, which also owns Volvo, the automaker has access to parts within the Geely Group. Previous rumors suggested the Lotus SUV was in its early design stages and that it hadn’t been approved just yet, but these patent images hint Lotus is making progress. It is likely that the model won’t arrive on the market for another four years, and there’s a good chance it will be produced in China. Lotus does plan on keeping its sports car production in the U.K.