Lotus has released some preliminary details about their first ever crossover programmed to come out in 2019.

Speaking to Auto Express at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales criticized rival automakers for coming out with big and heavy SUVs and added the high-riding Lotus is going to be light and fast. He went on to specify its closest rival will be the Porsche Macan, but the Lotus crossover due to come out in 2019 "will be better." An exact figure about the weight has not been revealed, but a previous report stated it will be 200 kg (440 lbs) lighter than its key rivals. To put that into perspective, a Porsche Macan S weighs 1,865 kg (4,111 lbs).

It will be manufactured in China and sold initially only there, with a decision regarding other markets to be taken at a later date. Gales said that if the Lotus crossover will turn out to be a success, it will be sold outside China.

Lotus will continue its partnership with Toyota and is expected to offer the crossover with gasoline engines and a hybrid setup. However, a potential Euro-spec variant will get a turbodiesel engine which would make it the first ever diesel-powered Lotus.

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