Things are getting electrifying at Lexus as Toyota’s luxury arm is getting all ready to reveal it first battery electric vehicle (BEV) on November 22, 2019. However, Lexus will be revealing its firstborn EV -- not at the Los Angeles Auto Show – but at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition in China.
It’s somewhat odd that Lexus would unveil its first EV not in United States. After all, the Japanese luxury carmaker has been known to focus its efforts in the U.S. But this time, Lexus is turning its attention to China, which is currently considered the largest auto market in the world. Odd but logical!
Actually, we've been waiting for Lexus to reveal its promised EV at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. That didn’t happen though, as what Lexus unveiled wasn’t a production EV, but a concept vehicle. Technically, it was still an EV, but you can’t take it home...yet.
But still, the unveiling of the concept – going by the name Lexus LF-30 Electrified – was an important milestone for Lexus. This is because the LF-30 Electrified confirms Lexus’ intention to go electric. It was built not to preview a production model, but to embody the so-called "Lexus Electrified" vision that vows to deliver unmatched levels of driver fulfillment and enjoyment of their vehicles.
The gull-winged concept also previews what Lexus Electrified vehicles might look like in 2030 and beyond. Interestingly, each wheel of the Lexus LF-30 Electrified comes with an electric motor – for 536 hp of total max output and 516 lb.-ft. of peak torque. Its 110-kWh battery allows the concept to dash from nil to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph.
We’ll see on November 22 if these specs will find their way to Lexus’ first EV. Toyota’s luxury division did say that its first electric car will be a small hatchback. As for its design, it will borrow some of cues from the 2015 Lexus LF-SA concept, which the luxury carmaker touted as an "an ultra-compact, sub-B-segment, urban 2+2" vehicle.
As per Lexus, this new BEV was specifically created to suit the needs of customers in China as well as Europe. But hope is not lost for customers in the US, as Lexus intends to offer a portfolio of electrified vehicles for diverse customers around the world. In fact, Lexus promised that it would already be offering electrified variants of all its models by 2025. Now that's electrifying!