It’s been 12 years since the last series-production Lotus, but this streak is finally being snapped as we reveal a major expansion plan for the Norfolk firm, set to be headlined by a resurrected ‘Esprit’. The Ferrari-baiting new sports car will be propelled by a newly developed V6 hybrid engine and is intended to mate famous CABC drivability with everyday-friendly refinement beyond the brand’s existing models.
Also in the works is a brand new platform, set to underpin a new range of Lotuses including - we hope - a rejuvenated Elan. We’ve got all the details - only in this week’s Autocar.
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Volvo’s performance off-shoot Polestar has been making moves since its inception as an electrified car maker, starting with the Polestar 1. At next week’s Geneva Motor Show, however, the brand aims to bolster its credentials even further, as it lines up a futuristic electric luxury saloon concept that previews a Tesla-inspired design for its future models. We have the first pictures.
Elsewhere, AMG gives the new Mercedes-Benz GLA a mighty 416bhp in its range-topping form, the Volkswagen Caddy gets a fresh platform and extra space for its 5th generation guise, and Honda adds two new, spicier Civic Type Rs. We also talk to the man behind the development of these latest pocket rockets, Hideki Kakinuma.
‘Project Vector’ is Jaguar Land Rover’s new fully-electric car platform that the British firm has been developing in secret - though it has now spilled the beans to Autocar. DS’s new saloon isn’t quite as pathbreaking, but still aims to give Audi’s A4 something to think about as the French brand continues its recent range expansion.
Finally, Cupra adds the long-awaited Cupra Leon hot hatch, Volkswagen unwraps a performance Touareg and we consider the problems and potentials of the ‘noise’ of EVs.