Lotus fans are set for a somewhat rude awakening, as understood by CAR UK. In an interview, company boss, Jean-Marc Gales, has revealed that a Lotus Evora-based crossover is already in the works. While it remains rear-wheel drive, the new car is said to receive a hike in ride height and revised styling to suit.

The move was hinted earlier on when Gales mentioned plans of a SUV and sedan being in the pipeline. Fast forward and it seems as though certain bits of said plan are in motion – not surprising when Lotus is aiming to widen its appeal in markets where “soft-roaders” are the cars to be seen in such as North America and China.

Enthusiasts need not worry, though. A cluster of models, in the mould of more traditional Lotus cars, are set for an appearance including a hardcore model – similar to the Lotus 2-Eleven. The long-awaited refreshed Lotus Evora is also due to debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show.

Boasting more power and (get this!) lower and narrower sills to ease accessibility, the new Evora “will be faster. There’s nothing this side of £100,000 that will beat it on a track – unless it’s another Lotus,” claims Gales. A roadster variant is also hinted with Gales commenting that it “is the easiest thing in the world to do.”

While the latest Elise and Exige models have undergone a rather stark aesthetic revamp, the new Evora crossover – completely unrelated to the Lotus APX concept pictured above – should possess a new look that’s more evolutionary than revolutionary.

The reappointment of Russell Carr as head of design at Lotus means that the man responsible for the Evora in the first place should see to it that his initial design receives a more contemporary look rather than trying to ape the more unconventional design cues employed by rival companies.