2023 Lotus Eletre launched in Malaysia, from RM578k – up to 905hp, 985Nm

Lotus has always been known as a low-volume two-seater sports car maker, but things have changed. Introducing the all-new highly anticipated 2023 Lotus Eletre, Lotus’ first electric SUV that has just been launched in Malaysia! Priced from RM578,000 all the way to RM798,000, the British Hyper-SUV is available in three variants.

  • Lotus Eletre – RM578,000
  • Lotus Eletre S – RM648,000
  • Lotus Eletre R – RM789,000
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Built on Lotus’ all-new 800v Electric Premium Architecture (EPA) which uses aluminium and high-tensile steel for optimum structural rigidity, the Eletre has a similar footprint as the Lamborghini Urus and is just marginally bigger than BMW’s iX.

Featuring Lotus’ aerodynamic ‘porosity’ design, which the manufacturer claims to improve aerodynamics and overall efficiency, gives the Eletre’s exterior a muscular look. The Eletre, Eletre S and Eletre R feature 22-inch wheels as standard. Customers can upgrade their wheel to the 23-inch options, with five designs to choose from.

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At launch, the Eletre and Eletre S exteriors are finished in Kaimu Grey as standard, while the Eletre R is finished in Solar Yellow, as per the images you see. There are also other colours that come as cost options – Natron Red, Galloway Green, Stellar Black and Blossom Grey. On the outside, the standard Lotus Eletre comes with these features:

  • Matrix LED headlamps, DRLs, side lights, fog lights, reverse lights and rear light strip
  • Welcome home lighting
  • Powered hands-free tailgate
  • Active front grille
  • Heated washer jets
  • Carbon fibre roof spoiler
  • 22-inch 10-spoke silver diamond forged alloy wheels
  • Pirelli P-Zero tyres
  • Black lightweight brake discs and six-piston callipers

Up a tier, the Eletre S adds on the following exterior features:

  • Auto-dimming side mirrors
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Soft-close doors
  • 22-inch 10-spoke grey diamond forged alloy wheels
  • Pirelli P-Zero tyres
  • Lightweight brake discs and six-piston callipers with a choice of six colours
  • Active tailgate spoiler

With the top-of-the-line Lotus Eletre R, you get:

  • 22-inch 10-spoke gloss black forged alloy wheels
  • Pirelli P-Zero CORSA performance tyres

Here comes the exciting part, the performance. All three Eletre variants come with dual electric motor all-wheel drive (AWD) powertrains, albeit with different outputs. The powertrain and technical details of the standard Lotus Eletre and Eletre S are as follows:

  • Engine: Dual-motor system
  • Maximum output: 603 hp
  • Maximum torque: 710 Nm
  • Transmission: Single-speed
  • 0-100 km/h: 4.5 seconds
  • Top speed: 258 km/h
  • Battery capacity: 112 kWh
  • Range (WLTP): 600 km
  • Maximum DC Charging rate: 350 kW
  • DC charging time (10-80% with 350 kW charging): 20 minutes
  • Maximum AC charging rate: 22kW
  • AC charging time (with 22kW charging): 6-7 hours

Opt for the Eletre R and you get these tasty performance figures:

  • Engine: Dual-motor system
  • Maximum output: 905 hp
  • Maximum torque: 985 Nm
  • Transmission: Dual-speed
  • 0-100 km/h: 2.95 seconds
  • Top speed: 265 km/h
  • Battery capacity: 112 kWh
  • Range (WLTP): 490 km
  • Maximum DC Charging rate: 350 kW
  • DC charging time (10-80% with 350 kW charging): 20 minutes
  • Maximum AC charging rate: 22kW
  • AC charging time (with 22kW charging): 6-7 hours

Inside, all Eletres feature 100% recycled and recyclable man-made microfibre materials and come with a five-seat configuration. This provides 688 litres of rear boot capacity and 1,532 litres with the rear seats folded. A four-seat configuration is available with the optional Executive Seat Pack.

Inside, these are features you get standard with the Eletre:

  • 12-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Augmented Reality (AR) head-up display
  • 15.1-inch full HD OLED display
  • Lotus Hyper OS
  • ‘Intelligent cockpit’ infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
  • 1,380-watt, 15-speaker KEF Premium Audio system
  • Wireless charging system

Additional features found in the Eletre S’ interior include:

  • Illuminated side sills
  • Ambient lighting
  • 2,160-watt, 23-speaker KEF Reference system

Lotus also adds these features to the Eletre R exclusively:

  • Stainless steel sports pedals
  • Sports motor sound

Safety-wise, The Lotus Eletre is fully loaded with deployable LIDAR technology, as well as a suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), which includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), a driver monitoring system, Rear Collision Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA), Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning/Prevention (LKA+), Blind Spot Detection, Traffic Sign Information (TSI), Front and Rear Park Assist, Visual Park Assist and Lotus Intelligent Dynamic Chassis Control.

To recap, the Lotus Eletre is launched in Malaysia with three variants: Eletre, Eletre S and Eletre R, and are priced at RM578,000, RM648,000 and RM798,000 respectively. Fully packed with safety features, the Eletre also comes with a five-year/150,000 km manufacturer’s warranty and an eight-year/200,000 km warranty for the battery. As of today, Lotus’ Hyper SUV has collected 140 bookings with a total of only 200 units available throughout 2023 in Malaysia.

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