Emeya: Lotus sets reveal date for its Porsche Taycan rival

Emeya: Lotus sets reveal date for its Porsche Taycan rival
Emeya: Lotus sets reveal date for its Porsche Taycan rival

Lotus’ first electric sedan will be called the Emeya.

The new model, until now known as the Type 133, will be revealed on September 7.

The Geely-owned brand has published a brief teaser video on social media, revealing some details of the new model.

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It appears to feature two L-shaped strips of LED daytime running lights (DRLs), while down back there’s a full-width light bar and a prominent deployable spoiler.

Adjust the brightness and you can also make out the heavily sculpted bonnet and a belt line that gently curves upwards.

Of course, we already know what the Emeya will look like thanks to increasingly revealing spy photographs.

There is a clear design continuity between it and the Eletre SUV, although naturally the Emeya is even more sleek and aerodynamic in appearance.

The headlights appear to sit below the two strips of DRLs, while a narrow air intake sits at the bottom of the angular front fascia.

Also like the Eletre, small cameras will replace exterior rear-view mirrors.

Previous spy images have given us a look at the Emeya’s interior, albeit largely covered in camouflage. However, we can expect a 15.1-inch OLED centre screen running Lotus Hyper OS.

The new model will get “active roll control, CDC [continuous damping control], independent active rear steer and active aero”, according to Lotus director of attributes and product integrity Gavan Kershaw.

Managing director Matt Windle confirmed that 441kW of power – like the launch-spec Eletre – is “where we’re starting at” with more to come.

It’s expected the Emeya will also be produced in higher-performance variations, following the Eletre SUV which also has the Eletre S and Eletre R variants.

The top Eletre R uses a dual-motor configuration to produce 675kW of power and 985Nm of torque.

The Emeya will be underpinned by the same Lotus Premium electric vehicle (EV) architecture as the Eletre, which supports 92-120kWh batteries with an 800V electrical system.

Lotus previously confirmed to Autocar its electric sedan is being benchmarked against the Porsche Taycan.

Following the Emeya’s launch, which will likely take place in 2024, Lotus is planning an electric D-segment SUV (Type 134) in 2025 and an electric sports car (Type 135) in 2026.

Vehicles on the new Lotus Premium architecture will be built in China at the Lotus Technology division’s plant in Wuhan.

Lotus Eletre

They will join the all-electric Evija hypercar and the petrol-powered Emira, Lotus’ last combustion vehicle, which are manufactured at Hethel in the UK.

Lotus is on the cusp of a significant expansion that will see it transformed into a higher-volume, more global EV brand.

The company says it is taking a “significant” amount of holding deposits for the Eletre electric SUV, which is currently set to arrive in Australia in 2024.

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