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Lexus' Next Concept Has Been Exposed

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And here's where and when it'll debut.

Take a good look at mainstream automakers. Do you notice anything? Either they all have an electric vehicle or one (or several) are coming to market very soon. The transformation from a near lack of EVs to what's happening today took less than a decade. There is, however, still one highly regarded luxury brand still lacking an EV, but it won't be for long.

According to Autocar, Lexus will unveil its first EV, in concept form mind you, at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show taking place in late October. But will this EV be, say, a midsize or large crossover? What about a sedan? Maybe a two-door sports car? None of those. Instead, we're looking at "a tall, boxy, and city-friendly hatchback" with an extremely futuristic design.

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The report further claims styling inspiration comes from 2015's LF-SA concept (pictured here), though it'll look far more production-ready. "We feel that our future could resemble this design," Lexus vice-president Koji Sato said to Autocar. This unnamed concept will also serve as a prime opportunity for Lexus to show off its next-generation infotainment technology.

Apparently, it will feature a pair of screens located on either side of the steering wheel. Technical details, however, remain top secret for now. We also don't know for certain whether it'll come to North America, but we doubt it, given it's a city car.

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What we do know is that Lexus is spending a ton of money investing in electric powertrains in order to meet its 2025 goal, along with Toyota, to offer 10 new electric models. Could one of those be an all-electric supercar? You know, an all-new LFA, only electrified? As of now, that's not happening, but it hasn't been completely ruled out either.

Autocar also inquired about a new LFA as well and Sato said the following: "I love it but we need your help. We need strong requests for a new LFA from the media. This can help us proceed." And there you have it. We'll ask Lexus every chance we get.

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