Lexus electric SUV marks a new chapter for the Spindle Grille [Update]

Update: Not that it wasn’t expected, but we have an almost-official indication that the Lexus electric SUV will debut or feature the next-generation infotainment system for the brand. John Iacono, Chairman, Lexus National Dealer Advisory Council, told recently that the telematics of the upcoming Lexus EV “are going too be industry-leading.” “They’re going to be what we currently do not have,” he added. Compared to the existing infotainment systems, we expect a better display with touch support, connectivity options, wireless smartphone integration, and snappier experience.

In December 2020, Lexus teased its new electric SUV that is related to the Subaru Evoltis and the upcoming Toyota electric SUV with respect to the vehicle architecture. The upcoming Lexus electric SUV looks like a compact/C-segment model to slot above the Lexus UX 300e and rival the Audi Q4 e-tron and Tesla Model Y. Pictures of the car from the test track confirm that designers have endowed it with the proper looks of an SUV. While it might not have the toughness of a Lexus LX, it won’t be soft-type crossover.

The second electric SUV from the brand features Lexus’ new electric all-wheel drive drivetrain layout called ‘DIRECT4’, There’s one motor at the front and one motor at the rear, each generating outputs of 150 kW and 300 Nm. The Lexus electric SUV is based on the e-TNGA platform, though Lexus has not explicitly mentioned what is beneath the SUV hat.

In June 2019, Toyota and Subaru agreed to jointly develop a dedicated EV platform for EVs and also jointly develop a compact electric SUV for sale under each company’s brand. In January 2020, Subaru unveiled a concept, the production version of which would ride on the co-developed platform. Toyota subsequently announced that it would be called e-TNGA and teased its SUV that is designed with European sensibilities.

Lexus electric SUV power output

During the announcement of the e-TNGA platform, Toyota talked about its scope, confirming that it extends to future Lexus models. The company plans to manufacture EVs based on this platform at a dedicated plant in Japan.

We can create Toyotas for the mainstream (based on the e-TNGA platform), but also Lexus, adding a distinctly premium identity and driving style, Lexus Electrified.

Koji Toyoshima, Deputy Chief Officer – Toyota ZEV Factory (Japan), on the scope of the e-TNGA platform

The Lexus electric SUV would debut as a near-production concept this year and the car could hit the U.S. showrooms by 2022.