The next Elise and Exige are a very touchy subject at Lotus. The temptation is to redesign the entire car to make it more marketable in countries like the US where we expect real cup holders, quiet cabins and golf club holding trunks. To do that the car would need to become much larger and basically defeat the purpose of the model. Therefore the program engineer's point-of-view is to keep the platform they have now and simply upgrade it. The Elise will likely get a aesthetic revision in the same concept as the 2010 Exige in 2011. But within 3-4 years, there will need to be a mechanical revision as the 2ZZ engines are going out of production. I would expect a revision at that point that falls more in line with the Evora and next Esprit styling. Since there are carry over elements between the Evora and Esprit, I would also expect some items to carry over to the next Elise like the headlamps from the Evora. I would assume the chassis improvements from the Europa and Tesla would also be adopted (i.e. lower sills). The really wonderful thing about the Evora is that it is more of a "world car", offering a higher level of comfort for the typical GT buyer. This means, in theory, that the next Elise and Exige can stay focused and not have to satisfy both the sports car and GT segments.