Lexus wants to create a charged F-series crossoverJanuary 28, 2019
Lexus F’s sports division, which creates more powerful versions of the Japanese automaker’s production models, may soon be driving crossovers and SUVs.
As part of the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race, traditionally held in Florida (USA), Vice President of Product Planning and Strategy for Lexus, Cooper Eriksen gave an interview to journalists.
He said that almost everyone in the company is actively discussing the possibility of creating a crossover or SUV under the Lexus F. brand.
While Chika Kako, executive vice president and chief engineer of the new Lexus UX crossover, acknowledged that the brand’s smallest crossover “has the potential” to join the “charged” F family as a powerful gasoline-electric hybrid. Mr. Eriksen said that Lexus continues to evaluate the possibility of high-performance versions of its crossovers and SUVs.
“We are currently trying to find out whether improved performance on the road is more important for Lexus to invest in the off-road performance of our cars.” Lexus GX and LX models with a body on the frame offer the versatile features needed by the F subbrend if it plans to create a high-performance off-road vehicle.
Despite our desire to see a full-fledged competitor to the Ford F-150 Raptor pickup truck by the Lexus LX, we would bet on a crossover with the F index or an SUV, which will have more opportunities to drive on city roads than on the road. In the meantime, the Lexus F sports division will remain exclusive to the coupe and sedans of the brand.
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