Amid Toyota’s accelerated push into electric vehicles, Lexus has unveiled the LF-30 electrified concept, which spearheads the luxury brand’s maiden foray into battery-electric vehicles (BEVs).
It’s quite unlike anything the company has produced, looking neither like a coupe nor an SUV.
What is the Lexus LF-30 concept?
Premiering at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show, the Lexus LF-30 is a cutting-edge (pun intended), angular and futuristic BEV that belongs firmly in concept car territory.
It has 500km of WLTP-tested range from a 110kWh battery which is Toyota’s forthcoming solid-state battery pack, meant to improve energy density and safety.
With 536hp (400kW) of power and 700Nm of torque, it takes just 3.8 seconds to sprint to 100km/h.
What does the Lexus LF-30 look like?
According to Lexus, the LF-30’s form is meant to “visually express the energy created by the wheels set at the corners of the
vehicle body streaming toward the vehicle cabin and past the driver to directly flow onto the road surface”.
That simply means the LF-30 looks powerful, sleek and purposeful.
Starting from the front, the spindle grille is where things begin on the car.
It’s now a full 3D shape, curving inwards into the front air intakes that look as chiselled as Superman’s jawline.
Elsewhere, the shape can be found on the “glider doors” (what chief concept designer Ian Cartabiano calls the LF-30’s doors), fenders and headlights.
Inside the concept
Mr Cartabiano gave us a sneak peek inside the concept LF-30, which features augmented reality (AR) navigation and a more “connected” driving experience.
Inspired by a horse and its rider, the steering controller-mounted switches and head-up display let the driver steer and control various functions like the navigation and audio system and driving-mode selection without having to shift their vision.
The LF-30’s cockpit gets next-generation interfaces like gesture control and AR.
Meanwhile, the rear seats use artificial muscle technology to mold to the occupant, who will be immersed in a Mark Levinson audio system that creates a “controlled” listening environment that provides “acoustic spaces”.
A glass roof above the rear seats features voice control and gesture-controlled “SkyGate” display window that uses AR to display various types of information like a realistic star-filled sky and even navigation.
How does it drive?
To make the 2.4-ton LF-30 concept handle, each of the car’s four wheels has an electric motor for completely independent propulsion.
It has a steer-by-wire system, wireless charging and AI-based energy management.
There’s also the Lexus Teammate AI assistant aboard that supports advanced driving functions like Chauffeur or Guardian.
Lexus plans to unveil its first BEV in November 2019, broadening its response to the needs of various regions around the world, including the development of HEVs, PHEVs, BEVs, and FCEVs.
The company also plans to expand its electrified vehicle lineup: Lexus will launch its first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and a new dedicated BEV platform early in the coming decade.
By 2025, Lexus will have available electrified versions of all Lexus vehicle models, with the aim for the sales of electrified vehicle models to outpace those of conventional internal combustion engine vehicle models.