Lexus’ new flagship crossover to debut this yearFebruary 7, 2021
Japanese automaker Lexus is preparing an SUV that looks less like a Land Cruiser and more like a Porsche Cayenne.
The 2021 Lexus LX 570 is the brand’s most expensive SUV, starting at $ 86,730. The LX is currently based on the Toyota Land Cruiser, but with that model disappearing after 2021, the next generation model could be Lexus’ own unique product. While the manufacturer says there will always be room for an off-road SUV in its lineup, according to Japanese media reports, Lexus will introduce a different type of SUV.
According to preliminary reports, Lexus will unveil a new flagship SUV model called the LF, based on the LF-1 Limitless concept that was unveiled at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Unlike the Land Cruiser-based LX, the LF will compete with SUVs such as the Porsche Cayenne and Maserati Levante.
The LF will need some serious firepower to stand up to its performance-oriented SUVs. Under the hood, it is rumored that there will be a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 or hybrid V6 from the LS 500. For reference, the LS 500 produces 415 hp and the LS 500h develops 354 hp. These options should bring the LF closer to the standard Cayenne and Levante, while the more powerful version should compete with the Cayenne Turbo and Levante Trofeo.
The Lexus LF could get the much-anticipated twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine, which is also expected to be used in future F models, including the IS F, LS F and LC F. If rumors of this new V8 are true, it could would produce up to 660 hp, which would significantly exceed the power of competitors. Although it was previously thought that the SUV would be called the LQ.
Lexus is expected to soften the styling from the LF-1, while retaining some design elements and similar proportions. Lexus appears to have other plans to replace the RX and RX L, so it should come as no surprise that the LF will appear as a two-row SUV with a larger, more mainstream three-row SUV below it in the lineup.
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