Autocar July 7, 2021

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1 min
lotus finally taps its potential with emira

WHAT’S NOT TO like about the new Lotus Emira? It looks like a baby Ferrari, has been tuned by the best ride and handling engineers in the business, features an interior packed with the latest technology and offers true daily usability like no other recent predecessor – and all for significantly less than the price of the Evora that came before it. The Emira, our cover star this week (see p4), arrives with a real statement of intent about what the company will look like on Geely’s watch. Geely has clearly not only harnessed but also liberated the pre-existing design and engineering talent to create the kind of car they knew they were capable of. Crucially, it has also invested in manufacturing to ensure the Emira will be better made, with each…

7 min
lotus rediscovers swagger with slick emira sports car

Lotus’s first brand-new series-production model in more than a decade is a stunning mid-engined, two-seat sports coupé with supercar-aping looks, a high-quality interior and the option of four-cylinder turbo power supplied by Mercedes-AMG. The Emira (pronounced ‘eh-meer-ah’), seen here officially for the first time ahead of its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, will be priced from less than £60,000 and is pitched at what Lotus believes to be a gap in the market below higher-performance versions of the Porsche 718 Cayman. It will go on sale in all key global markets next spring, initially powered by the Toyota-sourced supercharged 3.5-litre V6 from the outgoing Exige and Evora, before the 2.0-litre AMG unit follows in the summer. The Emira will be Hethel’s final non-electrified car. It follows the limited-run Evija electric hypercar…

2 min
russell carr, design director, lotus

New cars from Lotus don’t come along too often. How did you approach such a significant project? “The great thing is that there has been lots of pentup creativity to get out, and every project we approach with a huge passion and excitement. “On this car, the big design approach was to create a car with drama, glamour and the exotic nature of a supercar but positioned in the sports car category that was approachable for everyday use and moved the game on for quality. “Being honest, we know that there’s some serious competition, so we have to push further, and Lotus has always been sportier than its competitors historically. “We’re unashamedly picking up on the Evija, which brings a certain glamour instantly. The point of that car was to be a real statement…

1 min
renault 4 reborn as electric suv

Renault will revive the classic 4 with a retro-styled model called the 4ever, which will join the 5 and the Mégane E-Tech Electric as one of seven new EVs it will launch by 2025. With a design inspired by the supermini produced from 1961 to 1994, the 4ever will be based on the same CMF-BEV platform as the reborn 5 supermini (due in 2024) but will take the form of a compact crossover. It will also spawn a small commercial variant inspired by the Fourgonnette panel van. Renault has confirmed that the new small EVs will effectively replace today’s Zoe supermini when production of that model finishes in 2024. It claims that new battery tech will allow it to cut prices by a third, suggesting starting figures of around £18,500. All future Renault EVs will…

1 min
hot renault 5 to lead new electric alpine trio

Alpine’s reinvention as an exclusively electric brand will begin in 2024 with a hot reworking of the Renault 5 supermini, followed by an electric A110 successor and a larger, grand tourer-style car. The French performance marque’s next-generation line-up was previewed during a recent online presentation by way of their silhouettes. One is the next-generation A110, a two-seat sports car that Alpine is currently codeveloping with Lotus, using a bespoke platform. The second silhouette shows the now-confirmed hot version of the 5, which will use the Mégane E-Tech Electric’s front-mounted 215bhp motor. In its first incarnation, Alpine produced a hot version of the original 5 (although it was badged the 5 Gordini in the UK, because Chrysler owned the rights to the Alpine name at the time). The third silhouette appears to show a high-riding…

1 min
grenadier tough yet plush inside

INEOS HAS REVEALED the Grenadier 4x4’s ‘hose-it-out’ cabin, crafted in ultra-durable, stain-resistant materials. The fascia is dominated by a flat, centrally mounted panel of high-quality switches and dials that is clearly influenced by aircraft and ship layouts. It is mirrored by a similar panel with configurable, pre-wired auxiliary switches in the roof. The clearly labelled switches are a combination of push and toggle designs, both extremely durable and sufficiently spaced to allow operation by gloved hands. There’s a 12.3in central touchscreen, too, backed up by a rotary dial mounted between the front seats. However, Ineos notes that, in its pursuit of reliability, it uses two-thirds fewer microprocessors than rival 4x4s. The sat-nav, for example, is handled by a smartphone, so its software is always up to date – although an integrated ‘pathfinder’ can navigate an…