Production version of AeroSeven concept to receive new front-end plus a roof and doors for launch in 2015
Darren Moss
10 January 2014

The launch of the Caterham Aeroseven has been pushed back to 2015 owing to a complete redesign. The 600kg, 237bhp AeroSeven was originally scheduled to go on sale in Autumn of this year.

Caterham Group CEO Graham Macdonald told Autocar that the delay was needed to make changes to the original concept, adding a roof with doors and giving more character to the front-end design.

"A lot of the customer feedback we've had so far said that the front was too flat," he said "That it was too much like a slab. We're looking at redesigning the front end slightly, and we'll be looking at a windscreen and putting a roof on as well."

The new roof for the AeroSeven will be a hard-top, and will be coupled with conventional doors and windows. 

Speaking to Autocar at the Autosport International show, Macdonald said the changes are neccessary for the AeroSeven to be sold in the Malaysian market, where Caterham is currently putting much of its focus: "Our shareholders are keen that especially in the East, to drive a car like this you need doors and air conditioning and an enclosed space.

"The design will still look similar to this, we want to keep the same style. We'll look at the front but we've got some quite smart drawings and plans for a roof as well."

The push to make the AeroSeven more tailored for Eastern markets is indicative of where Caterham sees the majority of sales for the car heading. Although the car will go on sale in the UK, says Macdonald, the majority of sales will come from further afield. "Our volumes now are swinging more towards export markets," he said.

As well as the AeroSeven, Caterham is evaluating plans to launch a new SUV and city car for the Malaysian market, which will be offered alongside its conventional Seven models.

Read more Autosport International news.

Our Verdict

Caterham Seven

The Caterham Seven is a stripped-down sportscar offering one of the most pure driving experiences available. It is a true classic and available in nine iterations

Join the debate

Comments
4

A34

10 January 2014
1. Original concept looked like a Seven with a coat on. Just added weight.

2. Caterham already do 2 track car ranges. Why a third when they could build a "cheap XF" or "better handling Cayman" that will likely have a bigger market?

Then again, I always liked the Caterham 25...

10 January 2014
What sort of Cd has it got with that nose?
I think it looks horrid as well.

RogerHudson

13 January 2014
I understand the whole function above form thing, but this is just ugly. Well done to Caterham for taking on-board customer feedback and doing something about it. I hope they do well from it

4 March 2014
Good idea, as it currently stands it would have to be one of the ugliest vehicles on the road.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Kia Stonic
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Handsome entrant into the bulging small crossover market has a strong engine and agile handling, but isn’t as comfortable or complete as rivals
  • Hyundai Kona
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Hyundai's funky-looking Kona crossover with a peppy three-cylinder engine makes all the right noises for the car to be a success in a crowded segment
  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    The Citroen C3 Aircross has got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer