Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has revealed the company is developing an entry-level Evora for the United States.

In an interview with Automotive News, the executive said the automaker is creating the entry-level model to comply with emissions requirements.  As Gales explained, "Over a five-year period, in the U.S., we have to show a three percent per year reduction in carbon dioxide emissions."

In order to achieve this, the company will likely offer an Evora with a naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine as Gales doesn't believe a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine would work.

There's no word on how much the engine will produce but Evora 400 has a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 which produces 400 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque.  It enables the car to accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds and before hitting a top speed of 186 mph.

The Evora used to come with a naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine but it remains unclear if that will carryover for use on the new entry-level variant.  If it does, we can expect an output of approximately 276 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

In related news, Gales reiterated plans to bring the Elise back to the United States but confirmed it will not happen until the company launches an all-new model sometime after 2020.

Source: Automotive News

Lotus developing an entry-level Evora for the U.S.