With the Lexus LF-Z Electrified Concept, Toyota’s luxury brand showcases a new, plug-in attitude. In announcing the all-electric LF-Z Electrified, Lexus said the concept car is about more than showcasing what future Lexus electric vehicles (EVs) might look like. This is a vehicle that “suggests new values to be realized through electrification.”
To that end, the LF-Z Electrified is just one idea for an upcoming Lexus EV. The more concrete parts of this update to the Lexus Electrified vision, which the automaker announced in 2019, revolve around the introduction and increased sales of electrified vehicles across the automaker’s lineup.
Lexus said it will introduce 20 new or improved models by 2025, half of them electrified with battery electric, plug-in hybrid, and standard hybrid powertrains. The company also said it expects that its electrified vehicles will outsell its gas-only models by 2025 and that the company “aims to achieve carbon neutrality throughout the lifecycle of its entire model lineup” by 2050.
Lexus is calling its shift to EVs a "once-in-a-century transformation." The company joins numerous other automakers with similar plans and goals, though they are not quite as ambitious as some. For example, Volvo expects to sell nothing but electric vehicles by 2030, and plans to be carbon neutral across its operations by 2040.
As for the LF-Z Electrified concept itself, the EV is an aerodynamic crossover built on a new, all-electric platform with the battery located in the floor. Two high-output electric motors, one on each axle, offer what Lexus is calling its Direct4 propulsion system, which can switch between front, rear and all-wheel drive as the car is moving. There are no technological details to share about the LF-Z just yet, but Lexus is willing to say the driving range will be “impressive” and it has “astonishing" acceleration.
The LF-Z’s design embodies the sleekness efficient vehicles need alongside enough angular details to give the concept a home in the Lexus family. A simple but luxurious, four-passenger interior houses occupants under a roof made of electrochromic glass that can be made opaque or transparent.
Augmented reality and artificial intelligence technology "to connect the driver and vehicle like never before," the company says. An AI assistant will respond to voice or touch commands to adjust preferences, navigate driving routes or make restaurant reservations. Images suggest the vehicle will offer a smartphone app with an autonomous valet summon mode.
Lexus built the LF-Z Electrified Concept on a new platform dedicated to electric vehicles. It, or something like it, is certainly scheduled to arrive in a Lexus showroom sooner than later.