Lexus Debuts LF-Z Electrified Concept

Lexus has unveiled the LF-Z Electrified – a battery-electric (BEV) concept that the company says, ‘incorporates driving performance, styling, and technologies envisioned for realisation by 2025’.

Striking good looks show the direction that Lexus is heading with its design, and the concept adopts a BEV-dedicated platform that features a new four-wheel control technology known as DIRECT4, which uses the instant responsiveness of an electric motor to control the vehicle’s four wheels.

Steer-by-wire eliminates the need for a mechanical connection through the steering shaft, resulting in, Lexus says,
a more direct response between steering operation and driving force. This enables the vehicle to turn with less steering
angle and more precision.

Power comes via a 90kWh battery pack connected to dual electric motors, and Lexus claims power and torque figures of 400kW and 700Nm and a range of 600km. Charging tech enables 150kW DC fast-charging. Performance numbers are
3 seconds for the 100km/h sprint and a top speed of 200km/h. Nice.

The interior features an open and minimalist design and technology that includes Artificial Intelligence (AI) that acts as a ‘lifestyle concierge’, proposing routes and restaurant reservations, among other things.

There’s an augmented reality head-up display, while gauges, touch display, and other information functions are grouped into a single module. Driving system functions are concentrated around the steering wheel.

Along with the AI-powered features, tech includes a smartphone digital key, sensors that scan the surrounding environment for oncoming and adjacent traffic prior to a passenger exiting the car, and an electrochromic glass panoramic roof that can be dimmed. In the centre of the roof is a touch-panel that connects the front and rear seats and is used for communication between passengers. The reclining rear seats are equipped with a massage function.

At the LF-Z reveal, Lexus also confirmed that by 2025 it would aim to introduce 20 new vehicle models – including BEVs, PHEVs, and HEVs – and is establishing a new business and technical centre that integrates development, design, production technology, and planning departments, to encourage innovative vehicle development.

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