Lotus could build GTs, sports sedans, crossovers or SUVs in the future, according to new boss Phil Popham, but only after it has re-established its credentials as a sports car company.

Earlier this year, Lotus unveiled plans for an electric hypercar, codenamed Type 130, as well as indicating that it was preparing to launch a new sports car before renewing the Elise, Exige and Evora models.

The renewal of the sports car line is part of a five-year programme that began with the arrival of Popham following the acquisition of the company by Chinese giant Geely. However, Popham has also indicated that the brand will expand outside its traditional models over time.

“Theres a lot of talk about an SUV, but we havent confirmed it,” Popham said at FTs Future of the Car Summit. “Were rebuilding the business around sports cars and thats the priority, but we believe that once thats done, this brand has the DNA and heritage to go further.

“That could mean GTs, crossovers, SUVs, sports sedans – or almost anything else. The plans are open and we will look at each potential area in a very detailed way, considering all areas.

Lotus has been evaluating its SUV plans for a long time, and Autocar has previously revealed that the previous management of the company initiated a project that would use elements of the SPA structure used by Geely and Volvo.

Popham also summed up his view that electrification, connectivity and autonomy can be an opportunity for Lotus, despite its focus on driving dynamics.

“In terms of autonomy, I see that our cars have the capacity, and that our owners use it in the city before pressing the Lotus button on a rural road or track and taking control, perhaps with the help of that same technology to reach absolute limits,” he said.

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