The electrifying LF-30 concept from Lexus

This is the Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept, a glimpse into the luxury car manufacturer’s electric future.

Underneath the futuristic body is a 110kWh battery delivering power to four in-wheel electric motors that churn out 400kW and 700Nm, enough to get the LF-30 from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds on to a top speed of 200km/h with a claimed range of 500km.

Those performance figures are top quality and are matched by the technology throughout the car.

There are steering controller-mounted switches and a head-up display plus other next-generation interfaces such as gesture control and enhanced presentation of vehicle information through AR (augmented reality).

A glass roof above the rear seats features voice control and a gesture-controlled ‘SkyGate’ display window that uses AR to display various types of information, such as a star-filled sky, user-favourite videos, and even navigation.

The onboard AI distinguishes the voices of vehicle occupants, and uses personalised information stored on the driver’s control key. It facilitates the adjustment of elements of the interior environment, such as air temperature and audio, and the setting of navigation routes and destinations, while also making proposals for activities after arrival. Lexus says it also understands the driver’s preferences and helps them control the suspension and powertrain settings in real time.

The LF-30 Electrified also features advanced driving support functions in the form of a Chauffeur mode and a Guardian mode and during autonomous driving, occupants can use advanced posture control technology. Furthermore, there’s a self-parking function and a front-door pickup function.

Lexus plans to unveil its first EV in November and says it plans to develop a range of hybrids, EVs and fuel cell vehicles. By 2025, the company says, it will have available electrified versions of all Lexus vehicle models.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (Nov 2019)

7 Nov 2019

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