This fall, Lexus will open a new automotive segment

This fall, Lexus will open a new automotive segment

August 23, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

The design of the first Lexus electric car, which will be presented in October at the Tokyo Motor Show, will be based on the 2015 LF-SA concept. Premium Japanese brand set out to open a new market segment emphasized compact urban model.

As the vice president of the company Koji Sato noted in an interview with the British publication Autocar, future Lexus models will be based on the design of the LF-SA. That is, they will be similar to the Toyota iQ subcompact, only with a lot of expensive complex stampings and a slightly elongated nose? At the same time, brand chief designer Koichi Suga said the final project has not yet been signed by Toyota President Akio Toyoda. In any case, the “spindle” in the false radiator grille will not go anywhere.

In addition to the need to develop a line of electric cars, Lexus also needs to have a so-called “input” model – the most affordable one to attract buyers of non-premium cars. The approach with the CT hatchback was not very successful.

According to preliminary information, the cabin will house multimedia of a new level, which will be presented by a pair of screens placed on the sides of the steering wheel.

The most interesting thing in the future electric car is its technical filling, but there are no details about it yet. Unless Sato hinted that each wheel should be driven separately for greater driving pleasure, stability and dynamism. Most likely, the platform for EV, which is now being developed by Lexus engineers, will be used by the parent company Toyota. It is planned that by 2025 the concern will launch 10 electric cars.