This is the Lexus LF-Z Electrified Concept which the automaker says incorporates driving performance, styling, and advanced technology set to be realized by 2025.
Underpinning the concept is a battery-electric vehicle-dedicated platform that uses the company’s DIRECT4 four-wheel driving force control technology, making the most of the instant responsiveness of an electric motor’s force to freely control the concept’s wheels. Lexus adds that this technology controls the distribution of power across the wheels and can operate in front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive configurations.
Lexus hasn’t provided all that many details about the car’s key hardware components, other than the fact that it features a steer-by-wire system.
A Preview Of Things To Come
The Lexus LF-Z Electrified Concep previews the evolution of the automaker’s design language. With a silhouette that reminds of coupe-crossovers, the front of the concept features an iteration of the brand’s spindle grille which, since this is an all-electric vehicle and has no internal combustion engine at the front, is closed off.
Viewed from the side, the vehicle’s short front and rear overhangs immediately catch the eye, as do the large wheels, fitting of a concept car like this. The rear of the LF-Z Electrified Concept is especially intriguing and includes a complex LED lighting array and a third brake light positioned vertically in the bumper.
Lexus says it designed the interior of the vehicle around the concept of ‘Tazuna’, Japanese for ‘rein’. As such, it takes inspiration from the relationship between a horse and its rider, and therefore features a yoke-style steering wheel, various steering wheel-mounted switches, and a complex head-up display.
25 New Lexus Models Coming By 2025, Including 10 Electrified
Beyond premiering the LF-Z Electrified Concept itself, Lexus has announced a plan to introduce 20 new or improved models by 2025. More than 10 of them will be electrified, including battery-electrics, plug-in hybrids, and traditional hybrids, depending on the needs of specific countries and regions around the world.
Lexus has committed to expanding its sedan and SUV lineup and will also “pursue the possibility of rolling out models such as sports models that continue to provide the fun of driving.” It will also launch a new model that “redefines the concept of having a chauffeur” and will launch models into new “genres that have never before existed.”
The Japanese car manufacturer aims to offer electric variants of all its models by 2025 and wants sales of EVs to exceed those of gasoline-powered models by that date. By 2050, Lexus also aims to achieve carbon neutrality throughout the lifecycle of its entire model lineup, including the manufacturing of materials, parts and vehicles, vehicle logistics, and the final disposal and recycling of older vehicles.