Is Caterham an automaker or merely another replicar manufacturer? Considering that the British company currently produces continuation models of the original Lotus Seven exclusively, it'd be tough to argue the former. But Caterham seems intent on breaking new ground, and to that end has announced plans to unveil an "entirely new model" in January.

Little in the way of details have been announced, but Caterham says its new car will mark "the beginning of a new dawn for the Company, but one that remains true to the lightweight, minimalist DNA of the legendary Seven." Intriguing, to say the least.

The model is slated to use a new in-house engine, be built alongside the Seven (pictured above) and debut at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham (England, not Alabama) on January 13, so stay tuned. Official announcement after the jump.

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CATERHAM LAUNCHES A NEW CHAPTER IN ITS HISTORY

British sportscar maker, Caterham Cars, will introduce an entirely new model to its line-up at next month's Autosport International Show.

The latest addition to the renowned Caterham stable marks the beginning of a new dawn for the Company, but one that remains true to the lightweight, minimalist DNA of the legendary Seven and will complement its continuing global success.

Powered by the next-generation Caterham Motorsport engine, the model will provide a logical expansion to the Company's racing and trackday portfolio and open an exciting new chapter in its future.

The new model makes its world debut on Thursday, January 13, 2011, at the Autosport International Show, NEC, Birmingham.