The Lexus LQ is the range-topping crossover Lexus customers have been waiting for.
Toyota's premium Lexus brand has been in dire need of a desirable flagship crossover for some time now. And just such a vehicle might be in the pipeline, according to Car and Driver: the Lexus LQ. The new range-topper will reportedly be based on the brand's current flagship vehicle, the Lexus LS sedan, with the powertrains and RWD-based configuration to match.
When the full-size LQ crossover enters the market circa 2021 as a 2022 model, it will replace the existing LX - a good thing, considering how ancient the current LX is at more than a decade old.
The Lexus LQ's design was previewed a couple of years back by the LF-1 Limitless concept, unveiled at Detroit's 2018 North American International Auto Show. Motivation is expected to come from a standard twin-turbocharged V6 with 416 horsepower or more, just like the LS's standard mill, with an optional 354-horsepower hybrid powertrain coupling a naturally aspirated V6 with an electric motor.
If Lexus does get around to making an F performance model - and we expect they will, given the absurd popularity of crossovers in today's new vehicle market - it could pack the top-spec Lexus LC F's twin-turbocharged V8 with 600 or more horsepower, Car and Driver reports.
As for pricing, expect the new Lexus LQ to start at around $80,000 when it goes on sale in late-2021, with higher-trim variants being priced at closer to $100,000. Such pricing would put it above the likes of the BMW X7 and Audi Q8 in terms of expense, but we expect the new model will have tech, niceties, and overall sophistication to suit.
Lexus has been on a slow decline in the US market since its 2015 peak of 344,601 annual unit sales. Last year, the Japanese luxury brand posted just under 300,000 total sales for the second consecutive year, putting it behind BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the market, but well ahead of Audi. The new LQ ought to put Lexus in front of scores of new customers.