Lotus is looking to make its next Elise sports car more usable on a day-to-day basis, according to reports out of Europe.
Speaking with Auto Express, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales said the all-new Elise, due in 2019, will retain similar looks but be “modernised” at the same time.
Gales said the new model would also retain its aluminium-bonded chassis, and that maximising lightness was still a major priority. Rumours suggest the new Elise could be at least 68kg lighter than the current model.
“We’ve not yet completely defined the car, but one thing is almost certain - I want to stick with an aluminium-bonded chassis,” Mr Gales said.
“Look at the variations you can do: Elise, Exige and roadster versions. It is our intention to go that route with the next Elise.”
While Lotus may be looking to soften the new Elise to make it more usable for everyday, it won’t be at the expense of handling with Gales describing it as “benchmark”.
So if the chassis, handling and looks remain more-or-less unchanged - with Gales saying the new Elise will “still be recognisable as a Lotus” - where will the changes happen?
Gales doesn’t say, choosing instead to summarise the proposed changes by saying that list of “five or six” driveability traits will be “improved”.
Ahead of the all-new 2019 Elise, an update for 2016 (pictured, above and top of page) has seen Lotus dust off its old ‘Sport’ nametag with the new Elise Sport and Sport 220 models replacing the Elise 1.6 and Elise S respectively.
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