TWO things you thought you’d never see: a Lotus SUV, and a Lotus made in China. In 2019, the company will do both as it expands beyond sports cars to create what it calls “the world’s first lightweight SUV”. The C-segment SUV, designed to be a rival to the Porsche Macan, will be a collaboration between Lotus, its owner Proton, and Chinese Goldstar Heavy Industrial. Although it will be built in China, UK will remain its global hub. Of course, company promises the SUV will Lotus says Hethel in the al engineering and design ny CEO Jean-Marc Gales be “a real Lotus”.