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In an interview given to Autocar UK, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has revealed that an updated Lotus Evora is set to be unveiled at next March’s Geneva show. Besides changes inside and out, the sports car will weigh less and pack 15% more power.

Now, the standard Evora does 280 PS – 15% up on that is 322 PS, so there’s your ballpark figure. There should be a more hardcore Cup version in the future too, with even more power and even less heft, Gales said.

The Evora is now six years of age, having debuted at the 2008 British International Motor Show. Based on an all-new platform, it launched in Malaysia in 2010, and there have been supercharged S models, automatic IPS models and countless racing editions.

Lotus Evora

Recently it emerged that due to stringent airbag requirements, the Evora would not be sold in the US for the 2015 model year. The updated car Gales mentioned could very well address this. Russell Carr, who was responsible for the Evora’s design, was re-appointed as design head last month, so this would be very familiar territory for him.

Meanwhile, Gales told Autocar UK that Lotus is recovering, fortified with a “logic-based” revival plan that will boost sales and dealer numbers, as well as the performance, practicality and desirability of the models.

“When I arrived six months ago we had 1,200 people making 1,200 cars a year. We could not have survived like that,” the ex-PSA head told the publication. “Now we are 900 people, and this year we will make around 2,000 cars. Next year the figure should be 3,000 cars, then 3,000 for several more years. This will change the equation completely.”

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Jean-Marc Gales (left) and Aslam Farikullah

Gales said the Hethel-based company could learn from specialist car makers such as Porsche, and expand into new segments like four-door models and crossovers.

He cited Porsche’s success with creating the Cayenne out of the VW Touareg, and said that Lotus could, for instance, use a Proton body to develop an own-design SUV for south-east Asian markets, where demand is highest. However, Gales stressed that the future of the company also depends on improving the existing cars and business.

“We won’t have the funds to build all-new cars in the next few years,” the 51-year old said. “In any case our existing platforms have plenty of potential.”