The Lexus LF is the flagship SUV of Toyota’s premium brand. Now it wants to be everyone’s premium brand flagship by knocking out the likes of Mercedes and BMW. But Lexus has been slow in getting the LF, based on the LF-1 Limitless concept to production. What was meant to debut sometime this year, it looks like the pandemic or something has pushed the Lexus timeline out to 2023. When it gets here expect that it will have a price tag of $180,000.
The LF is definitely in the stratosphere of a flagship BMW or Mercedes
With that price, the LF is definitely in the stratosphere of a flagship BMW or Mercedes. But what about the rest of it? We know it will be based on Toyota’s TNGA-L platform. That means it will be all-wheel-drive, but leaning toward sporty rather than pillowy luxury. Power will come from either the base 3.5-liter hybrid or the 4.0-liter turbocharged V8.
With a price variant between $138,000 for a base model and $184,000 for the top dog, it will be one of the more expensive SUVs from a major manufacturer. It is in line with Aston Martin’s DBX SUV but below Lamborghini’s Urus at $220,000. Let’s just say, “It ain’t cheap.”
Lexus wants its “F” models to be its performance versions
Now Lexus wants its “F” models to be its performance versions. Beyond the LF Lexus plans on other sporty models coming in the near future. The IS F and LS F will also get the 4.0-liter turbocharged V8. It will put out 650 hp which gives these sedans some extra beef. Especially for the smaller IS model that’s a lot of grunt for a midsize that hasn’t seen a V8 since 2008. These F models are more than a play at BMW and AMG performance sedans.
Lexus has been mum about electrification but with the German brands swallowing up EV production and development maybe Lexus sees this as an advantage for themselves? Like parent company Toyota, it looks to be stretching out its electric plans. How this will all end up is anybody’s guess?
We expect these F models to be the last V8 sport sedans ever made
But for now, Lexus is all-in on bringing F performance to everything it manufactures. We expect these upcoming F models to be the last of the V8 sport sedans ever. Audi is fully in on EVs while BMW is staying with its traditional straight-six engines. Then there is AMG which is looking at four-cylinder performance for its future.
The IS 500 F Sport Performance, as it will be called, will be out in 2022. Only 500 of the Launch Edition version will be made. All of them are headed to the US.