Lexus prepares rival Porsche Cayenne CoupeMay 28, 2020
The official debut date is still unknown, but given that the car is almost ready for work, the newcomer may premiere in early 2021.
The Lexus lineup lacks a key player who has driven dealers crazy for years, but fortunately that will change in the near future. As we already reported, the production version of the stunning Lexus LF-1 concept should appear as a 2022 model: it is expected that the official debut will take place in about a year. Most likely, the new product will be called LQ and will be based on the RWD platform of the flagship Lexus LS.
As the premiere draws nearer to the web, some key LQ size details have appeared, kindly provided by Japanese edition of Best Car, and it seems that the LQ will be very similar in size to the Porsche Cayenne Coupe. The new crossover will receive the following dimensions: wheelbase – 2 990 mm, length – 5004 mm, width – 1981 mm and height – 1 595 mm.
In comparison, the Cayenne Coupe is 71 mm shorter, 81 mm lower and has a larger 76 mm wheelbase. The fact that Lexus is aiming for an attractive Cayenne Coupe is not a mistake. Over the past few years, a coupe-like style has become attractive to luxury buyers, and a more sporty style allows manufacturers to focus on the performance characteristics of such models.
As for the ten-year-old Lexus LX, given that it’s essentially a renamed Toyota Land Cruiser, Lexus will either continue to upgrade the model or completely abandon it. We would bet on the latter option simply because Toyota previously mentioned that its new Land Cruiser will go even further. The new LX will also provide some undesirable internal competition, and Lexus will rightly want to focus on LQ.
According to Japanese media reports, the 4.0-liter Twin-Turbo V8 will be optional, which makes sense given that the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, which is currently in the Lexus LC 500, has been discontinued. Another likely option, which may well serve as a base, is a 3.0-liter hybrid with two V6 turbines. If so, this will be the world’s first turbocharged hybrid engine. Most likely, it will replace the outdated 3.5-liter V6 hybrid, which is currently found in LC and LS hybrids.
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