Electric Lotus Envya Sedan Spied Testing with Slippery Bodywork

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Electric Lotus Envya Sedan Spied TestingBrian Williams - Car and Driver
  • Following the Evija hypercar and Eletre SUV, we've spotted the third EV from Lotus testing in the Arctic Circle.

  • The sedan—internally called Type 133 but expected to wear the Envya nameplate—features smooth, aerodynamic bodywork similar to the Eletre.

  • The Envya will likely be revealed sometime this year, but it probably won't arrive in the U.S. until the 2025 model year.

Lotus, known for lightweight track toys, is going all-electric. Four new models—including the 2024 Eletre SUV revealed last year—are due by 2028, and new spy photos give us our first look at the brand's upcoming sedan, codenamed Type 133. Likely to be revealed later this year, the slinky four-door will continue Lotus' convention of names starting with "E," with trademark filings suggesting it will be dubbed Envya or Etude. We expect it to wear the former moniker.

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Spotted testing in the Arctic Circle, the Envya shows off slippery bodywork and curvy details. A split headlight design echoes the look of the Eletre, with a full-width element beneath two fierce "eyebrows" that will serve as daytime running lights.

The Envya also features a sloping coupe-like roofline and appears to have a full-width taillights, although the chunky design seen in the photos probably isn't the final look. The spy shots show headrests bearing the Recaro logo, and we expect the Envya to share its sports seats, steering wheel, and much of its dashboard design with the Eletre.

2025 lotus envya spied
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The Envya will mostly likely rival the Porsche Taycan, the Tesla Model S, and the Lucid Air. While it will be built on the same Lambda platform as the Eletre, Lotus might also capitalize on knowledge from Polestar, which is also under the Geely umbrella. The Swedish EV brand is currently developing its own high-performance sedan, the 884-hp Polestar 5, which is due in 2024.

The Envya was originally supposed to launch for 2024, but we expect it will actually arrive in the United States for the 2025 model year. Stay tuned.

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