Stylish show car unveiled in Tokyo to preview a slew of electric vehicles to follow.
Lexus has plenty of experience with electrification. But that has, to date, centered around the hybrids it's been selling for a decade and a half already. Now it's preparing to step up its electrification game, and has fired the first salvo with the rather striking concept you see here.
Unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show today, the Lexus LF-30 Electrified concept sets the stage for a whole slew of battery-powered vehicles to come from Toyota's luxury division – and does so in splendid style that, we hope, previews its future design direction as well.
The LF-30 has about the same footprint as the latest ES sedan or long-wheelbase RX crossover, and splits the difference in height between them. But as you can see, it's draped in edgier, more futuristic sheetmetal and glass – lots of glass. A prominent and fresh take on the brand's signature Spindle grille punctuates the front end, flanked by deep air intakes (unusual or even unnecessary on an electric vehicle) and slender headlight strips. The taillights are even more dramatic, the wheels are suitably oversized and stylized for a show car, and the lines crisscrossing the shape take Lexus' trademark edgy styling that much further.
A pair of oversized gullwing doors, hinged deep into the glass roof, grant access to a cabin environment no less forward-looking than the exterior design. It's visually split between driver and passengers, with an adaptable interface, gesture-control and augmented reality technologies, and electronically tinting glass to keep the glare and heat out.
The advanced design and expansive interior are enabled, in part, by the decentralized location of the in-wheel electric hub motors. A wirelessly rechargeable 110-kWh battery pack provides a solid 310 miles of driving range, with the electric motors kicking out an impressive 536 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque for a quoted 3.8-second 0-62 time and a 124-mph top speed.
Of course all of this is rather conceptual, so don't go looking for the LF-30 at your local Lexus dealer just yet. But it does set the stage for a slew of electric vehicles to come. "Lexus plans to unveil its first BEV in November 2019," we're told, just weeks away. And it plans to offer more hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery electric vehicles, and even hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in the coming years. "By 2025, Lexus will have available electrified versions of all Lexus vehicle models" – to which its hybrids bring it pretty close already – "and we are aiming for the sales of electrified vehicle models to outpace those of conventional internal combustion engine vehicle models."