• The Lexus LF-Z Makes the Future Look More Exciting

This concept showcases what to expect from Lexus battery-electric vehicles in the future

Lexus has been an advocate of electrification for a long time now. At present, it has nine hybrid electric vehicles in its lineup. In 2019, the company announced its ‘Lexus Electrified’ vision and we are now seeing what the company meant by it. The Japanese automaker plans to have 20 new models by 2025, and it all starts with the debut of its LF-Z Electrified concept.

What Makes This Concept Special?

The Lexus LF-Z Makes the Future Look More Exciting Exterior
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The LF-Z Electrified is a concept car and comes with the ‘concept’ stuff we’ve been seeing forever. Lexus is famous for that spindle grille on its cars and you would expect the same to be followed here, too. The automaker, however, took it up by many notches here. The LF-Z Electrified features a spindle body that is supposedly a new form of expression from Lexus.

Up front, the closed grille features an illuminated Lexus logo. The slim LED headlights with the signature boomed-shaped daytime running lights and the chiseled area around the hood make the car look smart. The side profile features prominent lines, cuts, and creases. The LF-Z Electrified rides on large aero wheels here with aerodynamic elements on the wheel arches. The flush door handles stay retracted unless approached when stationery. The conventional wing mirrors are also replaced with sensors and cameras, thus further aiding the aerodynamics of the car. This, mind you, is what 2025 looks like according to Lexus.

The Lexus LF-Z Makes the Future Look More Exciting Exterior
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The LF-Z Electrified has the fastback-esque styling. A slim LED taillight bar with an integrated spoiler and massive rear air dam of sorts complete the rear profile. Lexus has also equipped a massive electrochromic glass roof that almost runs the length of the car. It can go from transparent to opaque with the flip of a switch. Overall, the LF-Z Electrified looks bold, sharp, and will draw polarizing opinions. I wouldn’t mind the production version carrying most of the styling elements seen here, but to each his own.

The Lexus LF-Z Makes the Future Look More Exciting Interior
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The cabin is based on the ‘Tazuna’ design language. As is with the futuristic EVs, the LF-Z Electrified’s cabin also feels minimalistic.

Lexus said that the concept features an augmented reality head-up display that is grouped into a single module along with the touch display and other information-provision functions.

Some other features present include:

  • Digital key
  • E-latch system
  • Panoramic electrochromic roof
  • Mark Levinson audio system
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Lexus mentioned that the LF-Z Electrified features a 90 kWh battery pack that offers a range of 373 miles according to the WLTP cycle. It supports fast-charging up to 150 kW. The concept takes just three seconds to hit 62 mph from a standstill, which puts it on par with the likes of the performance EVs from Tesla and Porsche.

The LF-Z Electrified comes with a four-wheel-drive force control technology called Direct4. It makes use of a steer-by-wire setup, which eliminates the need for a mechanical connection via the steering shaft. As for the power output, it makes 536 ponies and 516 pound-feet of torque.

2021 Lexus LF-Z Concept specifications
Battery 90 kWh
Horsepower 536 HP
Torque 516 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 3 seconds
Range 373 miles

Conclusion

The Lexus LF-Z Makes the Future Look More Exciting Exterior
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Since it’s just a concept, we’ll have to wait and see how the actual product turns out. Lexus has been at the forefront of electrification and has a plethora of hybrid and plug-in hybrid models in its portfolio. Along with the reveal of this concept, Lexus also announced an upcoming business and technical center at the Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama (TTCS) in Japan. This will be inaugurated in March 2024.

What do you have to say about the Lexus LF-Z Electrified concept? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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