Data comparison Lotus Eletre vs BMW iX M60 Electric SUV

Comparison of data Lotus Eletre vs. BMW iX M60
The Lotus is usually slightly ahead

Lotus Eletre versus BMW iX M60: Long before both electric SUVs hit the market, they compete here in a duel of data, with surprising results.

So now it is presented, the Lotus Eletre. And with it, a car that in many ways breaks new ground for the manufacturer, previously known solely as a sports car brand. The Eletre is Lotus’ first SUV. It is Britain’s first electric car. It weighs more than two tons and offers up to five seats, which are certainly not normal for the English. And it offers all kinds of hi-tech and different areas, while Lotus previously was known to be the absolute top, especially in the art of omission.

In early 2023 – Lotus plans to launch the Eletre on this date – a new era will begin for the British. Of course, we don’t want to wait that long to classify the electric SUV in its competitive environment. And as adversaries of a data comparison, we chose a model that would be available in dealerships a few months earlier: the BMW iX M60, whose market launch is scheduled for the summer of 2022.

Slight performance advantages for the BMW, probably

So it has to be said in advance: the final values ​​are not yet available for Lotus in all respects; some specifications are provisional or objective values. Based solely on the basic technical concept, however, only the top model of the iX series is called into question as an adversary: ​​Two electric motors, each placed on each axle, result in a 455 kW (619 hp) hp all-wheel drive. . The Eletre also races with a twin engine and four-wheel drive. Its current performance value: “from 447 kW (608 hp)”. It is not yet clear if it can also match the maximum torque of the iX M60: 1015 Newton meters in Sport mode, 1100 Newton meters when using Launch Control.

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We still do not know the final technical data of the Lotus Eletre. It should definitely be “over 608 hp”.

A look at the performance suggests that this question can be answered with a “yes”. Lotus promises a zero-to-hundred value of less than three seconds for the Eletre. The BMW should complete the same exercise in 3.8 seconds. Running slower despite having a bit more power? The reason for this is likely to be the curb weight, which BMW specifies for the iX M60 at a hefty 2,659 kilograms. Lotus, on the other hand, sees its lightweight competition also represented by the Eletre and wants to keep the electric SUV around two tonnes. And that it has larger dimensions compared to the BMW (5.10 instead of 4.95 meters in exterior length). By the way, the wheelbase is almost the same (3.02 meters for the Lotus vs. 3.00 meters for the BMW).

The British is a bit faster.

On the Autobahn, the Brit also has its wide nose slightly ahead: it heats up to 260 km/h on the left lane, while the BMW is electronically limited to 250 km/h. Of course, such speeds are not permanent in view of the rapidly shrinking ranges remaining. Speaking of which: the Eletre’s range is said to be around 600 kilometers with its 100+ kilowatt hour battery. The iX M60 should take its 111.5-kilowatt-hour battery (105.2 of which is actually usable) between 502 and 561 kilometers, depending on the rig’s configuration.

Also, Lotus promises faster loading times. The Eletre energy store can be pumped up to 350 kilowatts; in this sense, it benefits from its 800-volt electrical system. The Top-iX offers no such thing, so you have to make do with a maximum charging capacity of 200 kilowatts. This means that an empty iX M60 battery takes 39 minutes to charge to 80 percent capacity, which ideally corresponds to 449 kilometers. According to Lotus, the brand’s first electric car should take just 18 minutes to reach a range of 400 kilometers again. And charging on the pillar in the city center or at home in the wall box is faster with the British: it uses alternating current with up to 22 kW; at Bayern only half is possible.

Both offer high-tech driving dynamics.

Highly developed dynamic driving qualities are part of the core brand of both manufacturers. That’s why both BMW and Lotus are doing their best to make their heavier models light with all sorts of technical extras. Both the iX M60 and Eletre race with five-link rear axles, air suspension and adaptive damping at no extra cost. In the Briton’s case, optional perks like rear-axle steering and torque vectoring come to the fore. However, active aerodynamic elements here and there go further to optimize aerodynamics and cooling behavior; The effects of driving dynamics play a more secondary role.

Premiere of the BMW iX M60


Active aerodynamic elements, such as the iX M60’s kidney-shaped grille, are designed to optimize energy efficiency.

Of course, electric SUVs also offer full automated driving capabilities. Both manufacturers currently speak of an autonomy level 2+: in certain situations, drivers can take their hands off the steering wheel or their feet off the pedals from time to time. For example, on the freeway at a constant speed, their cars do most of the work for them. When the BMW iX was still known as the ever-changing iNext concept study, more was promised in this regard. Reality has now caught up with Munich. For perspective, though, the iX should be able to hit level 3; Therefore, drivers can also move out of the traffic, but they must be able to take over the system at short notice. Lotus even wants to have the Eletre ready for Tier 4 with four lidar sensors, among other things. Here all occupants become passengers, the car acts completely independently. Of course, the British will have to be measured for this promise at some point.

The BMW should be a bit more practical

The more practical of the two cars is likely to be the BMW iX M60. It is designed as a classic five-seater SUV and offers a boot that can be expanded from 500 to 1,750 litres. However, unlike the Lotus Eletre, there is no front trunk. It offers a volume of around 77 liters under the front hood, while around 400 liters are available at the rear (exact figures are not yet known). As well as a five-seater configuration, Lotus also wants to offer the Eletre with two individual seats in the rear. By the way, instead of leather, only recycled or sustainably produced materials are used here. In the BMW, on the other hand, covers made of animal skins are still available at an additional cost.

Competitors also present different systems in terms of their advertising concept. In the Bavarian, a generously sized 12.3-inch instrument display rises behind the steering wheel, flanked by a curved 14.9-inch display in the center of the dash. With its narrow information monitors on the driver and passenger sides, which are interrupted in the middle by a 15.1-inch touchscreen, the Eletre conceptually takes a completely different approach. When it comes to natural language input, head-up display, and augmented reality features, there’s largely a tie, at least on paper. This also applies to the issue of connectivity. Both the BMW and the Lotus support 5G, with software updates coming to the cars over the air in both cases.

Whether the Lotus is actually cheaper remains to be seen

In the cost chapter, so far we can speculate rather than evaluate. This is not because of the iX M60: it costs 135,500 euros and has many equipment details on board as standard, so BMW still charges premiums for the cheaper and weaker xDrive40 and 50 versions. With Lotus, we don’t even know the base price. When it was introduced, a target value of around £100,000 was mentioned, which currently corresponds to a good €118,000. We assume that the price differences will be quite small after adjusting the equipment.

opinion poll

The Lotus Eletre. The British vanguard is simply ahead on too many points.

The BMW iX M60. You know what you have, and it’s also practical and solid.

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Of course, there is no clear winner in this duel of data between two new electric SUVs based solely on technical data. Especially since in the case of the Lotus Eletre, the fact that many of its values ​​are not specified makes things even more difficult. But on paper, the Briton is surprisingly ahead of the BMW iX M60. Sometimes only briefly, sometimes a little more clearly. Now all you have to do is put the theoretical advantages into practice. However, it will be a long time before this can be verified.


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