Lexus isn’t willing to show much for now, but the wait is nearly over.
The company previously claimed all cars would be electric or have an electric powertrain option by 2025
A two-second teaser video and a succinct two-sentence press release are all we’re getting from Lexus at this point in regards to the company’s upcoming electric concept. Toyota’s luxury division says the new zero-emissions show car Lexus EV Concept Teased Ahead Of Tokyo Motor Show Debut is a window into the company’s electric and autonomous future, so not only will the vehicle lack a combustion engine, but it also might not have a steering wheel.
It is believed the electric concept will take after the LF-SA from 2015, therefore we’re expecting a small hatchback developed mainly for city use.
The new architecture is being engineered to cater to both front- and rear-wheel-drive vehicles with motors upfront and at the back, respectively. There are also going to be AWD dual-motor models, and the battery pack will be installed underneath the floor to lower the center of gravity. Lexus is researching into in-wheel electric motors, but it’ll be a while before we’ll see them on a production-ready EV.
By 2025, all Lexus cars will be electric or have an electric powertrain option, so the company claims. We’ve already seen one crossover concept, the LF-1 “Limitless,” which comes with gas, plug-in hybrid or all-electric powertrain options. Now, Lexus is preparing to reveal its battery electric concept at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show.
We don’t know much ahead of the event, other than that the EV will combine electric and autonomous vehicle tech. “The electrified concept offers a glimpse into Lexus’ future vision, which caters to consumers who are equally passionate about driving and uniquely crafted luxury experiences,” the company said in a press release.
Lexus won’t be alone. The Tokyo Motor Show begins October 23rd, and already, we’ve heard that Mazda and Nissan will show off their EV concepts.
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