Lexus has had some pretty radical designs lately. Kicked off by the spindle grill look of the early 2010s, their cars have gotten bolder through the years. Just before the decade ends, Lexus has unveiled a new concept that could shape the next ten years for the brand.
Their latest concept is dubbed the LF-30. If you're wondering why it's called that, it's because Toyota's luxury marque turned 30 this year, with the flagship LS 400 leading the way at the time.
With the LS luxury sedan making it all possible for Lexus in 1989, the LF-30 is takes it another step further. It measures over five meters long, putting it right in the large class. What makes this concept significant is the fact that it's a fully electric, plus, it has the occupant's utmost comfort and convenience in mind.
There are four in-wheel electric motors powering the concept, along with a large battery with a capacity of 110 kWh. The motors themselves on the other hand help give the concept 400 kilowatts, which is about 543 PS. Torque is an equally impressive 700 Nm. That much torque and power are sent to all four wheels, this 1.7-ton vehicle can zoom to 100 km/h from a standstill in just 3.8 seconds.
Onboard, it has what's called the 'Tazuna' concept. Lexus says the aim to make the cabin as intuitive and human-centric as possible. Controls are well within reach and in the line of sight for the driver, meaning there is no need for physical switches or the need to look away from the road when there is the need to adjust something. Not only that, there's an advanced gesture control system for the passenger to add convenience. Verbal commands are a given, but what makes Lexus' system unique is the fact that theirs can recognize different voices.
There are loads more features that make this concept car perhaps the most comfortable in the world. Seats are adaptive, for instance, constantly adjusting to the road conditions, as well as the driver's input. Audiophiles will be pleased with its Mark Levinson, 3D surround sound system with built-in speakers in the headrests. Last but not least, 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 realistic star-filled sky, user-favorite videos, and even navigation.
As for the car itself, it's filled with curves, lines, acute angles, and muscular flares. As far as Lexus vehicles go, there's almost nothing like it, especially with those gullwing doors. Making it look even more dramatic is its 'hoodless' design. Lexus says that it allowed them to apply the spindle grill look all throughout the vehicle's body.
It's unlikely that we'll see an exact road-going version of the LF-30, but do expect some design elements of it to be applied to future Lexus models from 2020 and beyond.