Lexus might be working on a brand new crossover that will rival the Lamborghini Urus.
The Urus is a fantastic vehicle. Even though it’s a 5,000 lb SUV, its twin-turbo V8 still gets it from zero to sixty in just 3.6 seconds. That’ supercar acceleration that any vehicle would be proud to have.
So far the Urus remains unmatched in terms of performance, but that might not be the case for long. Lexus is reportedly developing a new hybrid crossover that will have even more power and the benefit of on-demand torque thanks to an electrified powertrain.
According to the Japanese car site Spyder7 (by way of The Torque Report), Lexus’ new flagship crossover will be based on the LF-1 Limitless concept that debuted earlier in January. The hybrid crossover SUV came with a host of fancy new technologies including Lexus Chauffeur mode which provides "hands-free operation thanks to the vehicle’s by-wire steering, braking, acceleration, lights, and signal."
Under the hood will be a 3.5-L twin-turbo V6 sourced from the LS 500 along with a pair of electric motors to provide true torque vectoring AWD. Power is expected to be around the same as the LS 500, which means 424 horses.
That doesn’t sound enough to compete with the Urus’ 641 hp, but Lexus is also planning to make a high-performance F-variant of the same crossover. This F version will have a 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 from the upcoming LC F sports car. Combined with the same twin electric motors as before, and power jumps to an Urus-slaying 661 hp.
Of course, all this is speculation, and the report states nothing is going to debut until 2020 at the absolute earliest. That’s a long time, and Lamborghini is reportedly working on a hybrid version of the Urus that could have even more power than the current V8.
We don’t have a name for this hypothetical Lexus crossover, but we do have a price of around $150,000. That’s better than the Urus’ $200,000, but we’ll have to wait for the car to actually appear before we can say if it’s worth the extra 50 grand to buy the Lambo.