Lotus has been in limbo in recent years. After former CEO Dany Bahar revealed his plans to build six new models, its parent company was sold, Bahar was sacked, his plans were canceled and a new CEO was hired in the form of former Peugeot chief Jean-Marc Gales. The industry has been waiting ever since to find out what Gales would do with the storied marque, and now we seem to have some indication.

Reports coming in from Malaysia indicate that Jean-Marc presented to the board of parent company Proton a plan for Lotus to build a new sedan and crossover. Though details are scarce, and may seem downright blasphemous for an automaker that built is reputation on lightweight sports cars, it would not be the first time that the House that Colin Built has toyed with either idea.

The company presented the APX crossover concept at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show, and the Eterne sedan concept as part of Bahar's far-reaching plans at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The new plans may use these concepts as starting points or could go another direction entirely.

Of course Lotus would not be the first sports car manufacturer to branch out into sedans and CUVs. Porsche has done both with great success. Lamborghini has presented concepts for both as well. And Maserati is well on its way to expanding its lineup with two new sedans already on the market and a crossover soon to follow. Aston Martin already offers a four-door and has toyed with the idea of a crossover as well, and even Bugatti has showcased sedan concepts, which would seem to leave dedicated supercar manufacturers like Ferrari and McLaren (not to mention the likes of Pagani and Koenigsegg) as the only holdouts that won't entertain the notion.



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      SquareFour
      • 4 Months Ago *Edited*

      If they can create a sedan and CUV that "add lightness" and fully take advantage of Lotus' traditional core philosophy, they may just create a niche for themselves. In order to do this, they'll have to not only undercut Porsche on price, but outperform them in most performance metrics, including fuel efficiency. That's a tall order.

      The more I think about this, their best bet for a sedan would probably be to keep it small and go after the compact sport-sedan segment. If they can keep it somewhat attainable, while offering mind-blowing driving dynamics, I think they'll stand a better chance than jumping into the ultra-lux segment and going up against the S-class, XJ, Maserati, and etc. Maybe they should even look into one-upping Tesla with an compact to mid-size EV sport-sedan.

      diskreet
      • 4 Months Ago

      As one of the mythical Lotus customers, I have no problem with them building other types of vehicles. Their last sedan effort was one of the best sedans ever, and I'd love to have a Lotus option for my daily driver. 

      Keep it simple, light for its class, and sporty. I'll be happy to give them more of my money on a more entertaining but more practical car some day.

      Nowae Amigivingittwo
      • 4 Months Ago

      Nice lookin w/out all the styling cliches they put on em, but it is slightly generic looking.  BTW is this a real prototype or a computer generated pic?

      karlInSanDiego
      • 4 Months Ago

      I'd say do what you need to in order to right the ship that bunghole nearly sunk.  Evora is the only model available here (since Elise/Exige was blocked and new Exige (V6) never tried).  Of course we all prefer to think of Lotus as a sports cars only, but half of their company has been doing consulting to all kinds of companies for years, so this is not as far a departure as you might think.  Perhaps a lightweight electric, as they have experience with both.  It would be really nice to see them get an Elise replacement in the pipeline at the same time.  And as previous poster said, "Carlton"

      me_not_you
      • 4 Months Ago

      I am under the belief they should stretch the Evora S so it holds 4 real seats and has 4 doors. Mid-engined Sedan Hell Yeah! As long as it stays a light weight efficient (high power to weight ratio) pure drivers car it will be a true Lotus.

      Flash!
      • 4 Months Ago

      The Carlton might have technically been an Opel chassis, but it was a Lotus badged sedan.  And if I recall correctly, it was pretty freaking awesome.  So if Lotus wants to build a sedan, I'm all for it.

      orchestral.whips
      • 4 Months Ago

      To further the Honda connection idea, the crossover looks like an Acura RDX (albeit, easier on the eyes, and would run circles around the fancyHonda).

      churchmotor
      • 4 Months Ago

      FYI, Proton, which owns Lotus, signed partnership agreements with Honda.  One of their first new products is the "Proton" sedan they are selling in Malaysia which is the older Accord with a Proton logo in the grill.

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3e/2014_Proton_Perdana_Front_Three_Quarter.JPG

      Rick C.
      • 4 Months Ago

      The thought of sports car manufacturers building these consumer agriculture-like vehicles, just to follow a silly trend disgusts me.   Stay true to your roots--no slumming.

      PDKid
      • 4 Months Ago

      Whatever it takes to move units and boost profits, I'm all for - Lotus is great at doing something different and maintaining an edge. So-called "purists" who beg them to stick only to tiny sportscars must be in denial of the pending downfall of the brand if sales don't increase. They're where Porsche was before Boxster and Cayenne. Now look at Porsche. Frankly, I want to see Lotus become a niche powerhouse, and sales, however they come, will enable that. Not stubbornness and close-mindedness to new categories of cars.

      mehul_kamdar
      • 4 Months Ago

      Yet another threadbare publicity strategy meant to keep Lotus in the limelight. Who's going to finance the development of these entirely new cars? Lotus's fairy godmother?

      Steve
      • 4 Months Ago

      The sedan looks similar to Model S 

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