The LF-Z will soon become a production car.
Lexus revealed the LF-Z Electrified Concept earlier this year, previewing the brand's first all-electric model. CarBuzz recently had a chance to see the LF-Z in person, and although the styling looks great up close, it's clear that this concept is far from production-ready. The interior looks like a work of art, but there's no way the finished product will be as extreme. Lexus has yet to provide any estimates for range or performance, so it's nearly impossible to tell how competitive the LF-Z will be against rivals from Audi, BMW, Cadillac, and Tesla.
Though the LF-Z isn't quite ready to start stealing Tesla's sales, it won't be much longer until we see the production version. Speaking during an event at Toyota's US headquarters in Plano, Texas, Lexus confirmed that the LF-Z is slated for production.
We knew Lexus was planning a big reveal in 2022, but now we can confirm it is the LF-Z Electrified. "The production LF-Z will arrive in the next 14 months," Mo Durand, Senior Manager, Lexus International Strategic Communications at Lexus International, told CarBuzz.
Durand also confirmed that Lexus has not settled on a naming convention for its electric models in the US market. This means we might not see the lower case "e" tacked on at the end of the production models, previously seen on the global market Lexus UX 300e.
Following the 14-month timeline, we will likely see a reveal in late summer or early fall 2022, meaning the vehicle won't hit dealers until 2023 at the earliest. Lexus will have plenty of competition by that time, including the Audi Q4 e-tron, BMW iX, and Cadillac Lyriq. It's unclear where the LF-Z will sit in the lineup, but it seems close to the NX size-wise. Don't expect this to replace the Lexus LX as a flagship model. Little is known about the LF-Z's powertrain, but it will employ a Direct4 intelligent all-wheel-drive system, shared with the Toyota bZ4X. Look for more official news on the Lexus LF-Z later next year.