BEV concept set to debut in Tokyo less than two weeks from now.
Lexus, like its parent company Toyota, is no stranger to electrification. It currently offers no fewer than six electrified vehicles right here in America, after all – but they're all hybrids, not pure, exclusively battery-powered EVs (or even plug-in hybrids, for that matter). The concept previewed here, however, aims to change that.
At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show later this month, Lexus will unveil a new BEV (battery electric vehicle) concept that "offers a glimpse into Lexus' future vision" – and it's apparently one without an internal-combustion engine. Unfortunately, however, it's telling us very little else about what to expect.
Building on experience gleaned from the first-generation Toyota Prius, Lexus became one of the first luxury automakers to offer an upscale hybrid when it introduced the RX 400h way back in 2004. It's since offered hybrid versions of almost every vehicle in its lineup, and even offered two models – the HS sedan and CT hatchback – exclusively with gasoline-electric powertrains. At this point, it offers the ES and LS sedans, the UX, NX, and RX crossovers, and the LC coupe all with hybrid propulsion. This new concept ostensibly previews a completely battery-powered EV, however, doing without fossil fuels entirely.
That is, of course, only if it actually puts it into production. And while we wouldn't count that as a foregone conclusion, most of the brand's concepts tend to preview production models, rather than seek strictly to grab attention before being consigned to the archives.
Whatever the intent behind this concept, and whatever its ultimate fate, the limited glimpse Lexus has provided at this early stage does look rather intriguing. The sharp angles, layered exterior, and innovative use of lighting hint at a design at the very cutting edge. But we'll have to wait until October 23 when the show opens to see it in full.