now ready to embark on the electric adventure, even though it is one of the laggards in this area, with only the electric UX 300e in the lineup at the moment. But that should change in the near future, which this Lexus LF-Z Electrified should symbolize. The design and technology of this concept is expected to become reality by 2025.
In terms of design, this Lexus LF-Z Electrified can undoubtedly be called a crossover: the body looks rather high, especially by the contrasting wheel arches, but the ground clearance remains low. The large wheels and sharp lines give it a futuristic look, also helped by the high shoulders with large letters indicating “Electrified”. The horizontal strip of the rear lights is “traversed” by the third vertical brake light while traversing the rear bumper. The LF-Z is 4.88m long, 1.96m wide and 1.60m high with a wheelbase of 2950mm, giving it virtually the same size as the Lexus RX.
The cabin is very driver-oriented, both literally and figuratively. This one is “entwined” by the door panel and the center console, while having under the gaze a group of curved screens and a steering wheel inspired by racing cars and airplanes, as can be seen on the new Tesla. Model S and Model X. The driver can count on a head-up display with AR technology and on the artificial voice assistant.
The other occupants are entitled to more austere furnishings, without gadgets of any kind, but they can admire the starry sky through the panoramic roof, the intensity of which can be reduced if desired when the sun is shining. Fortunately, the Mark Levinson audio system takes care of the sound ambience, while active noise cancellation makes it easy to converse on the road.
Four-wheel drive Direct4
The Lexus LF-Z Electrified has only one electric motor on the rear axle, but that power source is paired with Lexus’ ingenious Direct4 all-wheel drive system. It distributes power to all four wheels, with the option to opt for front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive if desired. The electric motor with a power of 400 kW (544 hp) and 700 Nm allows the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in just 3 seconds, the top speed being limited to 200 km / h.
What is perhaps more interesting is the autonomy of the LF-Z. Lexus estimates it at 600 km according to the WLTP standard thanks to its 90 kWh battery. Fast direct current charging is possible up to 150 kW. This means that the LF-Z Electrified is in theory quite energy efficient, despite its considerable weight of 2150 kg. But these values are not very progressive; there are already electric cars on the market capable of achieving similar performance and above all of recharging even faster. So we don’t expect Lexus to be at the forefront of EV technology in 2025.
50% electric vehicles by 2025
By this 2025 deadline, Lexus wants to have 10 BEV (battery electric cars) on the market. At the same time, there will also be more plug-in hybrids in the range in order to take full advantage of this growing market and reduce the average CO2 emissions of its models. Electric cars should therefore represent 50% of Lexus sales. However, the brand does not plan to achieve carbon neutrality across the entire chain before 2050.