SUVs get revamped, but sedans are not forgotten.
Lexus is in the midst of overhauling its lineup to stay ahead of the Acuras and Infinitis and German automakers of the world. Last week it introduced its next-gen infotainment system that looks spectacular, and we found out that it might be building a car smaller than its compact UX crossover, which we guess will be an EV.
Automotive News got a rundown of the upcoming product cadence from the brand, noting that it will introduce three new EVs, including that crossover by 2025, while everything else will be revamped. Currently, the company makes ten products, including a decent number of sedans, which are more and more considered sales anchors.
Starting there, the IS sedan was reengineered for 2020, as opposed to getting a redesign. It added the V8-powered Lexus IS 500 to the lineup, which should keep it fresh enough until it's revamped again in 2024. Its sedan sibling the ES is now in its seventh generation, which started in 2018, and will soldier on with light adjustments until 2025. As for the discontinued GS sedan, we heard it might come back as a hydrogen-powered car based on Toyota's Mirai.
The big LS sedan will get a semi-autonomous Level 2 driving feature called Lexus Teammate. It will follow the lines, gauge the distance from the car in front and stop when necessary using a lidar system that was jointly developed with supplier Denso. It should also be able to hands-free parallel park using cameras and sensors.
The RC and LC coupes, to no one's surprise, will only receive minor updates until their product cycles are up in 2024 and 2025, when they will both be refreshed.
Moving on to the SUVs of the lineup, it's the NX that will be the biggest deal. It'll be the first to get the company's new infotainment system called Lexus Interface. It will also spawn a hybrid called the NX 450h+. You can expect an all-electric range of around 36 miles on that. The base model will be powered by a 275-hp turbo four and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The NX will also be the first to get the third generation of Toyota's Safety Sense features, including protections from opening your door into traffic.
The RX will get redesigned onto Toyota's global luxury platform in the second half of 2022. It will also get a hybrid variant and the new tech that comes in the NX. The GX will also get a new platform. The off-road-focused SUV will land on the company's GA-F platform in 2024. Expect it to get a hybrid option as well. The LX will also move to the GA-F platform next year, and add the same new tech found in the NX.
Finally, expect to see a new electric crossover called the LF-Z in dealerships late next year. Reports have it featuring a 370-mile range under the European test, though it will probably be less on our cycle. It will be all-wheel drive using a motor at each axle that can split torque side-to-side.
Lexus is the luxury brand under one of the biggest automakers in the world. Though it's taking longer to ditch gas engines than most other carmakers, it does seem to have a transition plan. And if we get some good looking sheetmetal in the meantime, all the better.