Back in 2015 Lotus announced the production of its SUV for 2019 season. Now, we are just a year before the dream of many fans comes true. However, it seems like the first units will arrive in China. Nevertheless, the concept could be lighter and agiler than its rivals. So, the 2019 Lotus SUV will be the real surprise for the upcoming season.
While the rest of the world is waiting for the Chinese debut, most fans are looking for major answers about 2019 Lotus SUV. Since this vehicle is coming to the biggest Asian country, it is certain that Youngman company will stand behind it. So far, this cooperation produced an L5 luxury sedan. Now, we can see the crossover carrying names of both companies, and some rumors are reporting about Lotus Youngman T5.
2019 Lotus SUV Concept
We can guess that similarities between Youngman T5 and 2019 Lotus SUV will be huge. The new crossover will probably use many parts from its sibling. Nevertheless, Lotus should make it more luxurious and elegant to become closer to US and European buyers in future. A 4-door 5-seat layout is certain, without too aggressive details. The comfortable interior will probably come with a lot of leather upholstery with higher trims. The Youngman T5 was very spacious, with enough room for legs of passengers on rear seats. Also, it lefts enough cargo space.
2019 Lotus SUV Engine and Specs
Under the hood of the 2019 Lotus SUV will be a diesel unit. This vehicle will borrow a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine from its sibling. That is why T5 stands for. The drivetrain is capable to produce 150 horsepower and 230 lb-ft of torque. However, the Youngman lacks a 4WD. The new Lotus SUV could fix this deficiency.
New Lotus SUV diesel alternatives
Besides the diesel drivetrain, the 2019 Lotus SUV will come in petrol variants. A smaller one is a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder unit. It can deliver 180 horses and 170 lb-ft of torque. The most powerful powertrain is a 2.0-liter engine. However, Lotus could add some new units, tuned for EU and US markets. It is hard for either diesel or petrol engines to meet demands of regulations of North American countries.
2019 Lotus SUV Launch Date, US Release
As its sibling, the 2019 Lotus SUV will appear in China at first. We believe this crossover will succeed here, which means it can move on. However, the exact release date is not set yet. Spokesmen from the company announced this vehicle for the upcoming season. However, further details are still unknown.
But, it is hard to believe that Lotus won’t deliver good results in the Chinese market. More competition awaits in the US and Europe. Not only that competition is greater there, but also the 2019 Lotus SUV must handle strict emissions regulations. The SUV could arrive in the North American market already in 2020.
Prices and Competition
Attractive price will be one of the major advantages of this crossover. However, it will be hard to battle in compact SUV market. The price tag of only $16,000 will be a help.