With other luxury carmakers already going electric, Lexus confirmed its intention to join them by unveiling a new concept vehicle at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show. Dubbed Lexus LF-30 Electrified concept, this vehicle takes Lexus’ EV ambitions a step forward.
Instead of previewing a possible production model, the LF-30 Electrified was created to embody the "Lexus Electrified" vision. This vision promises to deliver unparalleled driver fulfillment and enjoyment of their vehicles, much like the LFA. Nonetheless, the exterior of the concept suggests how Lexus Electrified vehicles would look like in 2030 and beyond.
The Lexus LF-30 Electrified is marked by a massive window that spans from front to rear. Occupants can adjust the opacity of the side windows should they need more privacy. Featuring an elegantly shaped body, muscular fenders and wheels pushed to the corners, the LF-30 Electrified has two massive gull-wing doors that allow seemingly unrestricted ingress and egress to its front and rear cabin.
When viewed from the front, the LF-30 Electrified can be easily identified as a Lexus, thanks to the presence of the brand’s signature spindle grille. Complemented by wing-shaped headlights, this massive spindle grille now spans nearly the entire width of the car.
Since the LF-30 Electrified can be driven in either normal or autonomous driving mode, Lexus created a solution to help others identify which. The solution was to have the face of the LF-30 Electrified sport a different color and luminescence pattern.
Inside, the cockpit of the Lexus LF-30 Electrified follows the brand’s new concept of Tazuna. It employs next-generation interfaces, even using augmented reality to present vehicle information. Basically a large car with a length of 2,003.9 inches, width of 786.4 inches, a height of 629.9 inches and wheelbase of 1259.8 inches, the LF-30 Electrified offers a roomy cabin. This is why it needs those massive gull-wing doors!
The Lexus LF-30 Electrified comes with in-wheel electric motors for each of its four wheels. These motors deliver a max output of 536 hp and a peak torque of 516 lb.-ft. Powered by an electric battery with a capacity of 110 kWh, the motors can send the concept sprinting from zero to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds. Top speed is around 124 mph while electric range is pegged at 311 miles WLTP.
Interestingly, the LF-30 Electrified is complemented by the so-called Lexus Airporter drone-technology support vehicle, which can bring cargo from the front of your house to the vehicle's hatch. Add that to the fact that the LF-30 Electrified features a self-parking function, a front-door pickup function and a horde of safety and infotainment technologies.
As for its electrified ambitions, Lexus will unveil its first BEV next month. By 2025, the luxury arm of Toyota will already be offering electrified versions of all its vehicle models.