• Lexus Moves to Sell the LQ Flagship SUV That Will Run Into the Six-Figure Price Range

Meanwhile, Lexus’ last six-figure model, the LFA, still hasn’t sold out

Lexus’ current SUV lineup includes five models. From the subcompact UX to the full-size LX, Lexus covers all important segments in the SUV market. But the Japanese luxury firm isn’t stopping here. There’s a brand-new SUV on the way. It will be called the LQ and it will become the brand’s flagship hauler.

What do we know so far?

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The LQ won’t replace an existing model. It won’t be larger than the LX either. Lexus is simply taking the BMW and Mercedes-Benz route with a stylish, coupe-style SUV with big power and luxury appointments.

According to Car and Driver, this hauler will borrow design cues from the big LS sedan and the sleek LC coupe. To get a better idea on how the LQ will look like, check out the LF-1 Limitless concept that Lexus unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in 2018.

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The SUV will also share underpinnings with the latest LS sedan, so expect it to arrive with similar drivetrain options. The sedan features a 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 318 horsepower in the base model, a twin-turbo 3.4-liter V-6 that cranks out 415 horses in range-topping model, and a 3.5-liter V-6 paired to an electric motor for 354 horsepower in the hybrid version.

But unlike the LS, the LQ will also have an F version, likely powered by a V-8 engine good for more than 600 horsepower. This drivetrain will enable Lexus to compete with top models by BMW M, Mercedes-AMG, and Audi RS.

The Lexus LQ will be pretty expensive

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Lexus’ current flagship models are far from cheap. The LS sedan comes in at $75,450, while the LC coupe starts from $92,950. Likewise, the LX SUV fetches $86,480 before options. The LQ will join the models above as a flagship vehicle and it could even cost more than the LX. With a base price at around $90,000, the LQ will move into $100K territory in some trims and when packed with the cool options. What’s more, the LQ F will probably cost at least $110,000 before options, making it the most expensive Lexus in the lineup.

This might be an issue for the Japanese brand, as its more expensive models still find it hard to compete with similar options from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, or Porsche.

It's also worth noting that the company's previous six-figure car, the LFA, is not yet sold out despite production having ended in 2012 at only 500 units.

Some LFAs are still waiting for customers in U.S. dealerships, and although we’re talking about a handful of models, it speaks volumes on how many enthusiasts are willing to spend more than $100,000 on a Lexus.

The Lexus LQ will arrive in 2021

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The coupe-style SUV is reportedly scheduled to break cover sometime in 2021. The debut should take place at an American auto show, but the unveiling could very well take place in Japan. The U.S. model will go on sale for the 2022 model year.

Source: Car & Driver

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