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Lotus Kills Existing Models, Launches an All-New Sports Car Instead

A new Lotus model codenamed Type 131 is coming to replace the Exige, Evora and Elise cars this year.

It will likely accommodate a hybrid system and be adapted for an everyday use. The new car will ride on a modernized version of the aluminum architecture used by current Lotus vehicles.

The carmaker admits the Type 131 will be the last new model of Lotus with a combustion engine: a new electric sports-car platform is underway.

Moreover, Geely-owned Lotus and Renault’s Alpine are going to become partners to share the EV architecture.

As the forthcoming Lotus Type 131 is positioned as a rival to the fully loaded Porsche 718 Cayman, its price should be adequate – around $75,000.

Expect a production version of the Type 131 bears one of Lotus’s traditional “E” names.

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