Lexus LF SUV release date pushed back to 2023 – Report

A new report from Best Car says that the Lexus LF, the Japanese rival to large European SUVs like the BMW X8 and the Range Rover, will arrive in 2023. Earlier this year, Best Car reported had that the LF would be presented in July this year.

The new report says that the development of the LF’s V8 engine is taking longer than estimated. The Japanese publication’s scoop team expects the hurdles with the V8 engine to be overcome and the production model to debut in 2023. Other reason cited is the impact of the Coronavirus on the movement of human resources.

Currently, Lexus’ SUV line-up stops at the Lexus RX for customers who find impractical, the boxy, and gas-guzzling Prado-derived Lexus GX and the Land Cruiser-derived Lexus LX. Buyers preferring softer and understated designs, sportier proportions, and more efficiency will meet their match in the LF hybrid crossover.

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The LF will be an F-segment, LS-type model sitting on the same platform as the full-size luxury sedan – GA-L. The design base of the LF would be the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept that premiered at the Detroit Auto Show three years ago. Expect a similar low-slung SUV-coupe design with a powerful face, a long hood and cab-backward shape underlining its RWD drivetrain layout, and urban-friendly dimensions.

Best Car estimates that the Lexus LF will have a length, width, and height of 5,250 mm, 1,900 mm, and 1,580 mm, respectively. That’s 206.7 in., 74.8 in., and 62.2 in. in imperial, respectively.

Lexus will reportedly offer the LF with a 3.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, a 3.5-liter hybrid engine, and a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. The 3.5-liter hybrid engine will be assisted with two electric motors, and the sources combined could deliver over 350 horsepower. A 1.1 kWh battery (3.6 Ah, 310.8 V) could power the motors, meaning the pure electric range could be limited.

In Japan, Best Car magazine estimates that the Lexus LF price would range between JPY 15 million to 20 million (USD 137,00 – 183,000). The price sounds prohibitive, but this is the estimate we have.

The Lexus LF hybrid SUV coupe could go on sale in the USA in 2023, at a price well over USD 100,000.

Lexus LF FAQs

What is the Lexus LF release date?

As per Best Car magazine, the launch of the LF is pushed back to 2023.

What will be the price of the Lexus LF?

The Lexus LF price in Japan is estimated to begin at JPY 15 million (USD 137,000).

Will the Lexus LF launch in the United States?

It is very likely that the LF would become the new flagship of the Lexus range in the U.S. in 2023.

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