Lexus is giving us a sneak peek of their future. Dubbed the LF-Z Electrified, the concept car presents what the Japanese luxury marque aims to achieve by 2025. Not only does it boast an electric drive system, but it also incorporates several technologies and design cues we can expect from Lexus.
The LF-Z Electrified is a mid-sized crossover concept that sees a more subtle version of the now-signature Spindle Grille. Typical of recent Lexus models, it features sharp lines and rakish angles from front to rear. It's also the most daring Lexus crossover concept in quite some time with its coupe-like roofline and an expansive glass area. Note that this is not a preview of any specific future Lexus model. Instead, you can expect elements of these models to appear in the next-generation versions of the RX and NX.
This concept also debuts Lexus' Battery Electric Vehicle architecture. The company says you can expect the first production version of this platform to hit showrooms within the next five years. This concept uses two electric motors that draw energy from 90 kWh, liquid-cooled lithium-ion batteries. The dual electric motors have an output of 544 PS and 700 Nm of torque. Lexus claims a single-charge range of up to 600 kilometers.
Another piece of technology in the LF-Z is the DIRECT4 system. It's essentially an advanced all-wheel-drive system specifically made for electric vehicles. DIRECT4 has the ability to shift power to individual wheels to provide a more dynamic drive, as claimed by the manufacturer. Another interesting feature is steer-by-wire technology, eliminating the need for a steering column.
The interior is what you would expect from a concept vehicle. The radical cabin has individual floating seats, along with a minimalist, multi-screen dashboard. Its Artificial Intelligence function learns the driver's preferences and behavioral characteristics, provides constant support to the driver. Voice communication contributes to improved interoperability while driving. The voice recognition system uses the latest AI to recognize, learn, and adapt to a driver’s habits and preferences. There is even a digital key that allows family and friends to access the car without having to hand over a conventional key.
Of course, don't expect all of these technologies to come out all in one go. These will eventually trickle down the range from the future LS flagship sedan, all the way to the next-generation IS. Besides the concept and new tech, Lexus said they will introduce 20 new vehicle models including BEVs, PHEVs, HEVs, and other electric vehicles, and develop a diverse product lineup. With that, Lexus will have busy and exciting years ahead of them.