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 BEV, it 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, and is fast filling up with competitors from startups and established brands. The company plans to build its contender on a newly developed, dedicated EV platform.
Design & Technology
Lexus should make their production LF-Z Electrified resemble the concept to evoke strong aspirations. Besides the 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.
Our exclusive rendering (above) shows the production version with subtle design changes from the concept. The render has a simpler front mask with a non-illuminated brand logo, a larger lower central grille, smaller vertical side air intakes, a sharper and sportier front bumper, larger headlamps, and regular mirrors as seen on the prototype teasers (below) last year.
The Lexus LF-Z Electrified concept can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (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 get an idea of the numbers the company has in mind for the top-spec variant.
Name & Variants
The production Lexus LF-Z Electrified will arrive as the Lexus RZ, as per a post from Reddit user F1_Geek, who seems to have knowledge of the company’s unannounced plans. The Redditor mentions one variant of the Lexus RZ – 450e. Perhaps, more variants will join a year or two after the launch. Toyota has successfully registered RZ450e trademark in the EU countries, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Australia, and it has filed an application for the same in the U.S. and Canada among other countries. The trademark registrations and applications, while in no way confirm anything, strengthen the speculation about the upcoming EV’s branding and variant nomenclature.
Lexus electric SUV FAQs
What is the Lexus electric SUV release date?
The production Lexus LFZ should go on sale in the second half of 2022.
What will be the Lexus LF-Z price?
The base variant of the production Lexus LF-Z (Lexus RZ) could cost around USD 55,000.