Lotus reveals facelifted Elise range

Lotus has revealed pictures of its facelifted Elise, which will be displayed at Geneva next month and then go on sale in UK showrooms from April.

The revised Elise features detail changes designed to improve the sport car’s emissions and fuel consumption, as well as update its design in line with its Evora sibling. The Elise receives a new front bumper and splitter, rear bumper, engine cover and new front clamshell including repositioned front light clusters with LED daytime running lights.

The net effect of these changes is a 4% reduction in aerodynamic drag, reducing emissions on the entry-level 134 bhp 1.6-litre model by 13% to 155g/km. The 1.8 litre 189 bhp Elise R and 217 bhp Elise SC emit 196g/km and 199g/km respectively.

Other changes include two new designs of lightweight forged alloy wheel, a new 6-speed close-ratio gearbox and the option of cruise control available as part of the Touring pack.

Prices are yet to be announced but we expect to hear more in a few weeks time, prior to the Geneva show.