The Lexus LF-Z Makes the Future Look More Exciting
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.
Lexus J201 Concept
2019 Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept
Lexus is not fooling around when it comes to electrification and is using Tokyo as a sampling experiment for the stunning LF-30 Electrified prototype. Did we mention stunning? The LF-30 looks otherworldly, has gullwing doors, and uses four in-wheel electric motors, a steer-by-wire-system, and a slew of autonomous driving technologies plus Lexus Advanced Posture Control. Stick around to find out everything you need to know about the Lexus LF-30 Electrified concept shown at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.
2019 Lexus GXOR Concept
Toyota has produced many vehicles over the year that are synonymous with off-roading. But, that’s not the case with the automaker’s premium brand, Lexus. Despite having butch, muscular SUVs in the stable, owners never used it for off-road adventures, nor did Lexus bother to market them that way. However, the company found out that owners have been customizing their SUVs to make them off-road friendly, and the results are quite impressive. Seeing that Lexus SUVs have the potential to fill that craving, the automaker decided to give the folks what they wanted. The result, you ask? A
based off-roader, dubbed as the Lexus GXOR.
2019 Lexus LC Convertible Concept
The Lexus LC Convertible is a concept vehicle that the luxury firm unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. But while it’s presented as a concept, it’s actually a drop-top version of the LC coupe that Lexus introduced for the 2018 model year.
Devoid of any features that would make it a proper concept, the LC Convertible likely previews a production model. The drop-top LC has been rumored ever since the coupe arrived and would enable Lexus to offer a competitor for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet. Although the Japanese firm didn’t specifically confirm a production car, it did say that a production version "would be exhilarating in many different ways." Let’s find out what sets it apart from the coupe.
Lexus LC Debuts At The 2019 Detroit Auto Show In A Topless Avatar
Lexus shares a special bond with the North American International Auto Show. The brand officially made its debut during the first year of the auto show in 1989. Thirty years later, the brand celebrates the third year anniversary of the LC 500 coupe by unveiling a convertible LC. The best part is that the LC Convertible is not just a concept; it seems to be the real-deal and Lexus has hinted the same.
The 2019 Lexus LC Convertible Doesn’t Have a Roof and We’re Not Even Mad
The transformation of the LC coupe into a convertible seems like a no brainer. While we did hear rumors on the matter, now we have a confirmation (sort of). This is the Lexus LC Convertible Concept - a roofless concept car scheduled to debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday (14th, January). As it is based on top of the Lexus LC Coupe, the LC Convertible Concept looks gorgeous. Well, at least I think it does. As Lexus prioritized the development of the convertible version of the F branded LC, I believe we will see the production version sometime in 2020. Interestingly enough, Lexus did not confirm the production version of the LC Convertible Concept, but I guess it is likely to happen.
“A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways. You would see its dynamic lines as you approach, hear its engine when you started it up and feel everything around you once on the road. It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting every time you got behind the wheel,” said Tadao Mori, Chief Designer of the LC Convertible concept.
If you’re at the2018 Los Angeles Auto Showand you spot a yellow car somewhere, there’s a big chance that it’s the Lexus LC500 Inspiration concept. Although it sounds rather fancy, this show car is pretty much a production LC500 with a few extras. And it’s not even new, as it was unveiled back in August 2018. So what’s it doing in L.A.? Grabbing your attention, that’s what!
2019 Lexus UX 250h Custom
2018 Lexus ES 350 F Sport Custom
The 2018 SEMA Auto Show is hosting a number of sick aftermarket creations, including a Lexus ES 350 F Sport that features updated styling and an interior that can capture the hearts of sommeliers the world over. The Lexus ES 350 F Sport is one of three custom-built Lexus models appearing at SEMA. It doesn’t have the sportiness of the LS F Sport Custom or the ruggedness of the UX 250h Custom, but the ES 350 F Sport Custom has something neither of its stablemates has: wine. Lots of it, too.
2018 Lexus LC500 Inspiration Concept
Lexus is an official sponsor at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and it’s using its platform to unveil the LC Inspiration Series Concept. According to Lexus, the one-off LC500 represents the ultimate expression of the flagship coupé. As such, it features plenty of exclusive upgrades in the exterior and interior that looks similar to the ones worn by the LC500 Yellow Edition, a limited-run version of the coupé that Lexus launched in Europe earlier this month.
Update 12/12/2018: We’ve updated this review with images taken at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Check them out in our gallery below!
Lexus LF-1 Concept Has A Unique Take On Side View Mirrors, And It Might Actually Work
In an effort to eke out every last little bit of fuel economy, lots of manufacturers are proposing replacing the traditional side-view mirrors with small cameras, feeding the view to digital screens inside the cabin. The smaller, blade-like cameras reduce aerodynamic drag, thus increasing efficiency in the process (not to mention adding an extra layer of cool digital bling). Unfortunately, the camera feed is usually relayed to some awkward spot inside the cabin, such as on the other side of the dash or even into the rear-view mirror. It’s understandable, considering the limited real estate offered in the modern car interior, but there has to be a more sensible approach. Luckily, it looks like the Lexus LF-1 Concept has the right idea.
Recently revealed with a debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the Lexus LF-1 is the luxury Japanese brand’s latest forward-thinking look at the SUV segment. We think it looks great, with sharp lines, excellent proportions, and solid use of Lexus’ latest styling language. In fact, we liked it so much, we gave it a spot on our Best In Show list. However, the good stuff isn’t limited to what’s going on outside the vehicle, as the Lexus LF-1’s interior is equally attractive.
The multi-tier layout, the color scheme, the glittering panels – all well-executed features, if you ask us. Of particular note are the twin screens flanking the central display behind the steering wheel. These two screens provide a feed from the side-view cameras, which is perfect for the system in question here. Not only does it make it easy for the driver to watch the right and left sides of the vehicle (no need to turn around or take your eyes off the road!), but the ancillary screens still provide plenty of space for whatever infotainment features you might want to see on the dash.
Well done, Lexus. Now we’ll just wait here to see if it makes it into production.
2018 Lexus LF-1 Limitless
Back in 2014, Toyota got us excited with the FT-1 concept, an aggressive-looking sports car that many believed it previewed the next-generation Supra. The spy shots suggest that the production model won’t get that many styling cues from the radical concept, but the FT-1 remains the company’s greatest flagship car to date. Four years have passed, and Lexus is using a similar nameplate, now revised to LF-1, to showcase its own future flagship vehicle. But unlike its parent company, Lexus wants its range-topping luxury model to be a crossover. Meet the LF-1 Limitless, Lexus’ idea for a new genre of luxury vehicle: the flagship crossover.
Unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the LF-1 Limitless preview a brand-new niche in the premium market. Or at least that’s what Lexus claims. Just like it established the luxury crossover segment with the RX 300 some two decades ago, the Japanese firm thinks it could invent a new class with the LF-1, the flagship crossover. Yes, it sounds a bit confusing, mainly because "flagship" is usually associated with the largest vehicle in a lineup, so the LF-1 would make more sense as a model placed above the LX, but hey, it’s the 21st century and rules have changed. Actually, the current automotive market no longer works by the book, so it’s not as awkward as it seems at first glance.
But it’s all PR talk so far, as Lexus hasn’t confirmed actual production plans for the LF-1. But this crossover looks gorgeous, and it’s packed with the company’s latest technology. Let’s have a closer look below.
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There’s Space For The Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept in the Lexus Lineup
The Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept took the stage at the Detroit Auto Show, and it didn’t take long for the crossover concept to receive a groundswell of support from people who want to see it evolve into a full-fledged production model. Leading the charge was no less than Lexus’s general manager in the U.S., Jeff Bracken, who wasted little time championing for a production version of the LF-1 Concept minutes after taking the stage to unveil it.
The Lexus LF-1 Limitless Is the Ultimate Luxury Crossover
The late 2010s is a great era for SUVs. The market is crazy about them and automakers are rushing to build them in all shapes and sizes. High-performance, luxury SUVs are gaining traction too, with companies like Bentley, Porsche, and Lamborghini having already joined the market, with Rolls-Royce to follow shortly. Lexus has been offering premium haulers for quite a few years now, but its latest concept vehicle takes things up a notch in just about every department. Meet the LF-1 Limitless, a crossover with a cheesy name but with great looks.
The LF-1’s design is quite familiar and shares many styling cues with existing Lexus production models. The "spindle" grille for instance is very similar to what you can find in showrooms, although the upper corners extend farther around the engine hood. It’s the headlamps that are different, now featuring just the edges of the current Z-shaped Lexus lights. But it’s the profile that makes the LF-1 one of the sexiest crossovers I’ve seen in a very long time. Yes, crossover not SUV, because it’s smaller than the RX and definitely sleeker. The very long hood, short front overhang, and long rear overhang are among the features that make it stand out. While these come with rear-wheel-drive architecture, the coupe-like roof and the sloping rear window are Lexus’ way of saying that the Limitless wants to "impersonate" a sedan and a shooting brake as well.
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Toyota to Show Up At CES 2018 with a Next-Gen Lexus-Based Autonomous Concept
The Toyota Research Institute has announced plans to bring its next-generation Platform 3.0 automated driving vehicle to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. Platform 3.0 is an autonomous test car that’s built on a real-life Lexus LS600hL. According to TRI, the test car incorporates sensors and cameras into its body, a development that does away with today’s setup of installing these elements as attachments on the body of the car. In addition, Platform 3.0 also has a panel of sensors on the roof that helps it become one of the most perceptive autonomous test vehicles on the road today.
Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept Coming To Detroit as Flagship SUV
Lexus confirmed it will bring a new concept car at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show in January and already released a couple of teasers. While the first image showed the rear end of a crossover with thin headlamps and a sporty tailgate, the second video gives us a glimpse at the vehicle’s front end. Described as a "flagship crossover," the LF-1 Limitless boasts an evolution of the company’s current design language, sporting a huge "Spindle" grille and a very aggressive headlamps design. While still somewhat similar to the existing units due to the Z-shaped layout of the LED strips, the concept car also features orange lights that descend into the bumper, on the outer edges. It’s a unique look and a clear hint that Lexus is using this concept car to introduce its next-generation design language.
2017 Lexus LS+ Concept
The fifth-generation Lexus LS just hit the market this year, but the Japanese automaker is already looking ahead into the future with a new concept for its flagship sedan that’s heavy on state-of-the-art technology. The concept is called the LS+, and if you were thinking it to be outlandish in the typical Lexus concept fashion, then you’d be right. The LS+ Concept is a feast for the senses in more ways than one.
We already have an idea of how Lexus does concept vehicles. The NX Concept from a few years ago blasted our expectations through the roof, and it’s nice to see that Toyota’s premium brand isn’t letting up. This car, Lexus says, is going to be a showcase of what the LS could look like down the road. It’s not a certainty that this blueprint will be put to use in the future, but as far as giving us a taste of what could come, then it hits all the right spots. It looks the part of a futuristic concept though more important than that are the litany of tech features that it comes with, including the curiously named “Highway Teammate” automated driving technology that brings autonomous driving tech to life. That’s just one of the technology goodies we can expect from the LS+ Concept, so expect a whole lot more now that the full-sized beauty is sitting pretty at the Tokyo Motor Show.
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2017 Lexus LC 500 Inspired By Black Panther
As one of the most powerful and influential people in the Marvel Universe, you would think that Wakandan king T’Challa would have no problem procuring some of the most exotic supercars in the world. A Bugatti Chiron perhaps? Maybe a Koenigsegg Regera? But, the man who also is known as the Black Panther is far from a flashy fellow - his costume’s all-black! - so he’s probably not into the flaunting-his-wealth lifestyle that his colleague Tony Stark seems to be obsessed with. It’s also likely to be one of the reasons why he’s more than comfortable being spotted in a Lexus LC, and as fate - or marketing - would have it, we’re going to see exactly that at the 2017 SEMA Auto Show when Lexus brings a heavily dressed LC 500 dripping in Black Panther regalia.
For the record, Lexus actually created two LC 500 models for the promotion of the Black Panther movie. One of them is called the Lexus LC Inspiration Series. It’s more subdued than the other, owing to it being a special edition release that will be limited to just 100 units. The other unit, called the Black Panther Inspired LC, is a complete one-off and is not for sale. It’s also dripping in Wakandan technology, which isn’t a real thing to begin with, but awesome to imagine nevertheless. Hard to imagine Lexus suddenly getting resources from a fictional kingdom that gives them access to self-healing paint and vibranium-powered core indicator nodes, but you get the point. If you’re excited about getting the special edition unit that will be on sale, you might want to be on the look-out for when Lexus actually offers it up to the public. There’s not that many, to begin with, and considering the popularity of the Marvel Universe in this day and age, there’s a good chance all 100 units will be scooped up faster than it takes T’Challa to put on his Black Panther costume.
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2016 Lexus GS F by Clark Ishihara
VIP Auto Salon’s Clark Ishihara has been in the aftermarket business for over 10 years now so by way of simple longevity, the man has built his fair share of SEMA creations, most notably with Lexus models. This year, Ishihara once again put his tuning hat to good use with two new Lexus offerings at the world’s biggest aftermarket auto show. One of these two programs is for the Lexus GS F and it’s been loaded with a wide-body kit to go with splashes of interior and performance upgrades.
Known for being a “Lexus enthusiast,” Ishihara’s history with Toyota’s premium brand goes a long way. In 2015, he presented the Macadamia LS 600hL show car and in 2010, his modifications on a 2011 LS hybrid was recognized for a Mothers award for design excellence. The man knows his way around Lexus models more than most tuners and to no one’s surprise, he was the guy that Lexus tapped to work on the GS F and the RC F models.
The upgrades for both Lexus models are admittedly more subtle than what you’d expect at an outlandish show like SEMA. But Ishihara has never been outlandish about his project cars, opting instead to give them real-world aftermarket applications that GS F and RC F owners can look at and say, “that’s something I’d like to see on my GS F.” And on that note, that’s what the man behind VIP Auto Salon did with the sports coupe. Sporty and aggressive without going over the edge. This is Clark Ishihara and this his aftermarket take on the Lexus GS F.
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Lexus UX Concept Showcases Vision for an "Inside-Out" Future
Lexus joined this year’s Paris Motor Show with no fewer than four vehicles, but none is as intriguing as the UX Concept. Essentially a preview for the company’s upcoming compact crossover, which will slot under the NX and compete against the newly-launched Audi Q2, the UX Concept also showcases some of Lexus’ future styling language. The Japanese brand calls it "inside-out" and describes it as a "synergy between exterior and interior styling" represented by an "X-shaped movement in the architecture from the cabin outwards and vice-versa."
Sounds pretty confusing huh? Well, in order to make it simple, let’s skip the PR talk and have a closer look at the UX’s design.
The first thing that catches the eye is massive "Spindle" grille up front. Granted, this isn’t a new feature, but if you look closely you’ll notice that its quite different from the element seen on production cars. First, the mesh is new and features a spectacular 3D-like layout that makes the grille look like it’s wearing hedgehog spines. Second, the upper arms extend well into the hood, giving the engine more room to breathe on top of making the front fascia seen downright menacing.
Another feature we have yet to see on production Lexus cars are the way the front fenders flow seamlessly into the cabin to form housings for the screens that display images from door-mounted cameras. The wheel arches are also incredibly muscular, while the the rear fenders are shaped like an armored truck. Granted, we probably won’t see a production UX with such aggressive lines, but some of these features could make it into dealerships in a less exaggerated form. The rear is also pretty wild with its high-mounted red LED strips and big, rectangular exhaust pipes.
Inside, the UX Concept looks like a spaceship. The cabin is made of organic design features that look as if they could catch life in any given moment. The spaceship-like atmosphere is also fed by the blue displays in the dashboard and center console. I can’t decide whether it’s cool or scary, but this interior definitely won’t be approved for production anytime soon.
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2016 Lexus UX Concept
The Paris Auto Show is right around the corner, so new car and concept announcements are flying off our printers at record speed. Lexus already gave us a teaser shot of the UX Concept that is set to be the highlight of its stand in Paris, but the luxury brand has finally dropped more details about it and given us a good look at the interior. In Lexus’ original release, it said that the concept showcases "imaginative technologies for an immersive driver experience, while the interior marries traditional craftsmanship with high-tech manufacturing techniques." The first part of that statement is right, but after looking at the inside, there’s nothing traditional about that craftsmanship. In fact, it’s the most futuristic concept that we’ve seen in quite a while.
When I say futuristic, I’m not just talking about technology. There is a lot of that, and this model does have a few holograms inside, but the overall design of the cabin itself is out of this world. It looks like a combination of a personal space shuttle and a futuristic race car all tied together.
Stephan Rasmussen, a designer at the ED2 European Design Center, said, “Our brief was to create a new genre of compact crossover; a vehicle that could create something unique from a customer’s point of view—an innovative, three-dimensional, fully immersive user experience.”
Well give him credit, as this concept is about as unique as you can get, and it’s definitely three-dimensional. Does it preview a compact SUV of the future as Lexus says it does? Maybe in the distant future, but let’s dive on in and take a better look.
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Lexus Announces UX Concept For 2016 Paris Motor Show
The 2016 Paris Motor Show is just around the corner and automakers are busy announcing their latest production and concept cars for Europe’s second-biggest auto show of the year. The latest to unveil its plans for Paris is Lexus, which will be attending the event with the UX Concept, the refreshed IS, the new NX Sport Edition, and its brand-new flagship coupe, the LC. Arguably the most exciting vehicle from this list is the UX Concept, which will make its global debut and will most likely introduce us to some of the company’s upcoming technologies.
The UX will also give us a preview of Lexus’ upcoming compact crossover that will slot under the NX. How do we know that? Well, Toyota recently trademarked the UX200, UX250, and UX250h names with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, all three being denominations for trim levels available with other products. The trademarks suggest a three-drivetrain lineup consisting of two gasoline, four-cylinder engines and a hybrid model. The UX will compete against the newly-launched Audi Q2.
Lexus didn’t have much to say about the concept car in its preliminary press release, but the sole photo of the crossover available as of this writing provides a few hints about what we’re going to see in Paris. The UX seems to borrow much of its stance from the NX, but every single body feature is exaggerated, especially the beefed up wheel arches, the massive wheels and rear bumper, and the thin taillights that have some sort of fins toward the edges. There’s no front view of the car, but based on previous Lexus concepts, the UX likely sports a massive Spindle grille and a pair of thin headlamps atop a big, aggressive bumper.
Speaking about its design, Lexus said that the UX Concept takes the company’s "bold design language to the next level" and that "its strongly differentiated identity is meant to appeal to a progressive, urban audience living in a connected environment." If you’re heard this before, it’s because it is the standard PR talk that comes with compact crossovers lately, especially if they are of the premium variety. But I don’t blame Lexus for this cliche, as such small SUVs are indeed more suitable for young drivers that want loads of state-of-the-art technology in a small package.
The Japanese brand also mentions that the concept showcases "imaginative technologies for an immersive driver experience, while the interior marries traditional craftsmanship with high-tech manufacturing techniques." I guess we’ll find out what that means when the Paris Motor Show kicks off on September 29.
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