Lotus Eletre in Malaysia – over 500 bookings for the electric SUV to date, deliveries starting in Q4 2023

Lotus Cars Malaysia (LCM) has received over 500 bookings for the Lotus Eletre in Malaysia. That’s a big surprise when you consider the electric SUV’s price point (great value for what it is, but RM578k to RM798k is no small sum) and the fact that Lotus isn’t really a mainstream brand – this is Hethel’s first EV and first SUV. Also, there’s no shortage of premium badged EVs in the market now.

At the Eletre’s official launch in April, LCM revealed that it already had 140 names in its order books, out of a 200-unit allocation for Malaysia in 2023. With orders continuing to pour in, it looks like there will be a bit of waiting time for those who recently put their names down for one. First deliveries will start in the fourth quarter of this year.

You may or may not like how the Eletre looks, but there’s no denying that it’s attention grabbing, as those of you who were at EVx 2023 over the weekend can testify. Under that sculpted body is a dual-motor AWD powertrain for all three variants – the RM578,000 Eletre, the RM648,000 Eletre S and the RM798,000 Eletre R ‘hyper SUV’.

Lotus Eletre in Malaysia – over 500 bookings for the electric SUV to date, deliveries starting in Q4 2023

The base Eletre and the S have 605 hp and 710 Nm of torque, good for a 0-100 km/h time of 4.5 seconds and an 80-120 km/h overtaking time of just 2.2 seconds. Top speed is 258 km/h. That’s plenty fast already, but the Eletre R takes things up a few notches with 905 hp, 985 Nm and a 0-100 km/h time of 2.95 seconds. The 80-120 km/h time is down to 1.9 seconds and top speed is 265 km/h, making it the world’s fastest dual-motor electric SUV, according to Lotus.

All three variants get a 112 kWh battery, which provides the Eletre and Eletre S with a range of 600 km on the WLTP cycle. The range-topping R trades some of that range for its prodigious performance, but still manages a respectable and practical 490 km WLTP. Charging is as fast as the SUV itself – thanks to an 800-volt electrical architecture that supports up to 350 kW DC fast charging, going from 10-80% state of charge takes just 20 minutes.

Five drive modes are available as standard – Range, Tour, Sport, Off-Road and Individual – with the Eletre R getting an extra Track mode. The latter applies further adjustment to the active rear-wheel steering, adaptive dampers and active anti-roll control, while also fully opening the active front grille and enabling launch control.

Lotus Eletre in Malaysia – over 500 bookings for the electric SUV to date, deliveries starting in Q4 2023

Inside, all three variants have five seats as standard, with cargo capacity of 688 litres with all seats in place and up to 1,532 litres with the rear seats folded – crazy performance aside, this is also a practical SUV. The car you see here has the optional Executive Seat pack, which trades the rear bench for two individual chairs.

Speaking of options, customers can personalise their Eletre with a selection of packs; these include the Lotus Dynamic Handling Pack, Ceramic Brake Pack, Comfort Seat Pack, Carbon Fibre Pack, Extended Carbon Fibre Pack and Interior Carbon Fibre Pack, as well as a Parking Pack and a Highway Assist Pack for the ADAS suite. Of course, ticking a few boxes would add to the base prices quoted above.

A total of six exterior colours are offered for the Eletre, and they are Natron Red, Galloway Green, Stellar Black, Kaimu Grey, Blossom Grey and the bright Solar Yellow you see here. Official distributor LCM offers a five-year, 150,000 km factory warranty for the SUV, while the battery gets its separate eight-year, 200,000 km warranty.

Did you manage to get up close to the Eletre at EVx? What do you think of its looks, price and package? We’ve driven it already and here’s what our man thinks of the Eletre, which is unlike every other Lotus that came before it.

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