Lotus teases the Type 132 Sports SUV via grille design

As part of transformation and Geely’s aggressive push for the brand’s expansion, Lotus has released a teaser image of the upcoming Type 132, the first of three premium electric models that will be launched over the next four years.

The teaser image by Lotus is a twist to the usual silhouettes and digital renderings of the vehicle, in which the company shows details of the Type 132 model’s lower grille and the operation of the active grille shutter.

The accompanying video shows the active grille shutter that is fitted at the lower portion of the front bumper shows the opening and closing operation and aptly titled ‘Breathe’. Active grille shutters are used to control the airflow into the cooling radiators, with the closed position benefiting smoother airflow and ultimately better overall efficiency.

Example of active grille shutter on the Audi e-tron

The introduction of the Type 132 SUV will be joined by a four-door coupe under the code of Type 133. Both of these are segmented in the European E-segment, with competitors for the Type 132 SUV featuring models such as Tesla Model X, BMW iX, the upcoming Mercedes-EQE SUV, new-generation Volvo XC90, Audi e-Tron and other EV versions of Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Velar and Lexus.

A third model called the Type 134 will be a segment smaller to compete with the BMW iX3, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Mercedes EQC, the upcoming Porsche Macan EV and the upcoming Polestar 3.

These three two-row, mass production, new-era premium Lotus vehicles will have much of their design, engineering and production in Wuhan, China.

Lotus will then build the EV spiritual successor to the Elise and Emira at its ever-expanding Hethel facility in the UK, currently using the code name Type 135. The sports car is also a joint development with Renault’s Alpine brand to replace its A110 model and both will only make their debut in 2026.

We expect Lotus to perhaps continue with at least another three more teases, as video briefly looped the other words which are Stretch (interior space?), See (multiple sensors?) and Awaken (performance?).


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