The Lexus UX 300e may be the brand’s first EV, but the model that will truly get the ball rolling for Lexus electric cars is the production Lexus LF-Z Electrified. A report from Autocar suggests that the upcoming Lexus SUV, though packing heavy batteries, would not compromise on driving pleasure.
Pascal Ruch, Vice President – Value Chain, Lexus (Europe), talked about future Lexus EVs with the British publication stating that electrification and driving pleasure “can go hand in hand.” Ruch tried clearing the notion that electrification can affect driving dynamics because of additional weight. He said that Koji Sato, the brand’s President and the chief engineer of the Lexus LC, and Akio Toyoda, President, Toyota, will never allow the production of a Lexus model that is boring in terms of design or driving experience.
Lexus didn’t plan to offer the UX 300e in America, its biggest market worldwide. But for its second EV, Lexus has to deliver a truly global model as it goes into a highly competitive segment that is dominated by the likes of Tesla and Audi. The company plans to build its contender on a newly developed, dedicated EV platform.
Design & Technology
Like the Lexus LF-Z Electrified concept, its production version should feature a sleek design. It should also achieve superior dynamic performance, thanks to an optimal location of the battery pack and motor, DIRECT4 AWD (dual-motor AWD) technology, and other measures. The usage of a steer-by-wire system in the concept version clearly indicates Lexus’ strong focus on the driving experience. Let’s not forget the spaceship-like yoke steering either, which gives a clearer view of the instrument cluster and the road ahead.
The Lexus LF-Z Electrified concept can accelerate from 0-100 km/h or 0-62 mph in just 3 seconds. Lexus estimates it can offer a range of 600 km or 373 miles. While the production version is unlikely to have these very specifications, we at least have an idea of the numbers the company targets to achieve.
Lexus electric SUV FAQs
What is the Lexus electric SUV release date?
The production Lexus LFZ may go on sale in the second half of 2022.
What will be the Lexus LF-Z price?
The base variant of the production Lexus LFZ could cost around USD 60,000.
What are the expected competitors of the LF-Z?
The Lexus electric SUV will compete with the likes of Tesla Model Y and Audi Q4 e-tron.
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