When it comes to entering a competitor in the great race to create the most popular electric vehicle, the Japanese automaker Lexus has been taking its sweet time. Maybe the performance division of Toyota figures that Toyota has it covered. Toyota was one of the first major automakers to mass-produce a hybrid powertrain after all. Lexus is finally bringing an EV of its own to market with the Lexus LF-Z Electrified SUV.
Is there a fully electric Lexus?
Lexus still doesn’t have a fully electric vehicle in its lineup as of 2021. The Lexus NX SUV is getting a plug-in hybrid option that is planned for fall 2022. Lexus currently has several hybrid powertrain options out for its lineup, but none of them have really become standout models.
Automakers like Ford have rolled out amazing electric vehicles. Hyundai has some of the best hybrid options on the market. Lexus’ parent company Toyota is known for taking emission reduction seriously, yet Lexus has been left out of most major recent EV developments.
Other luxury automakers like Mercedes-Benz and BMW are all working on rolling out electric models within the coming years. It’s now or never for Lexus. Thankfully the automaker has a plan. The Lexus LF-Z Electrified will represent the future of Lexus’ new electrified lineup.
The future of Lexus
Lexus may be late to the EV party but rest assured, it has a five-year plan. According to MotorTrend, Lexus plans to introduce electric vehicles into its lineup by 2025. The Lexus LF-Z Electrified will be the first of many new electric Lexus vehicles.
The Lexus LF-Z Electrified is expected to use the same platform as the Toyota bZ4X, Toyota’s upcoming electric crossover. It is roughly estimated to travel over 350 miles on a single charge. 350 miles of range is phenomenal considering that 300 miles of range is more than most base model EVs are capable of.
The Lexus LF-Z Electrified is going to shock the world
Lexus may have fallen short in the EV department, but the brand had established a strong customer base and customer loyalty. Many auto enthusiasts have become fans of Lexus because of the luxury and performance that its vehicles offer. How can these same foundational brand attributes carry over to the age of the electric?
The Lexus LF-Z Electrified concept has one of the most futuristic SUV exteriors to date. Its interior is unsurprisingly lavish. The LF-Z has a lot of catching up to do, but it has the makings of a great electric SUV. It embraces the future and its electric powertrain is expected to compete with some of the best electric powertrains currently on the market.
The Lexus LF-Z is a step in the right direction for Lexus. The key to successfully electrifying its lineup is actually bringing this concept to life. Toyota has had success with its hybrid vehicles and its newer electric vehicles should be no different. The LF-Z can use the success of Toyota’s eco-friendly vehicles to usher in a new era for Lexus and bring more performance, luxury EVs to the market.