If, ten years ago, you’d bet money on the three car companies least likely ever to add an SUV to their line-up, I’m betting plenty that many would name Ferrari, McLaren and Lotus. Yet within the past week, two of the three have shown the large quasi-offroad vehicles upon which so much of their futures depend. Ferrari offered a mere glimpse, a single dimmed down photo of the nose of its SUV, (working title Purosangue or ‘thoroughbred’ while on Tuesday evening, Lotus had a formal launch of its new Eletre, which is all at once the first Lotus SUV, the first Lotus EV and the first Lotus (commissions for others like the Lotus Carlton aside) to be built outside the UK. It will be constructed in Wuhan, China, a location currently more famed for its wet markets than an ability to turn out world-beating SUVs.
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