Lexus to launch a dedicated BEV model in 2022


But first, a PHEV is arriving

As per Lexus’ official data, the brand has sold more than 2 million electrified vehicles globally so far. In 2020 alone, the electrified vehicles accounted for 33% of Lexus’ global sales. Which is why Lexus is all pumped up to announce 20 new or improved models by 2025, including 10 BEVs.

Lexus is planning to introduce its first dedicated BEV model in 2022. You might be asking – “don’t they have the UX 300e already?” Well, the UX 300e is not a dedicated electric model; there are petrol and petrol-electric hybrid variants. The upcoming dedicated electric model is expected to be the production version of the LF-Z Electrified concept that was revealed in March 2021.

The concept, among many other things, boasts Artificial Intelligence (AI) that learns the driver’s preferences and habits in order to provide support accordingly. The voice recognition system, for example, works with the self-learning AI to propose the best driving routes and also make restaurant reservations. The AI will act as a lifestyle concierge, says Lexus.

The AWD model claims to offer an output of 400 kW (544 metric hp) and a torque of 700 Nm (516 lb-ft). A 0-100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration is claimed to happen in 3.0 seconds. A 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is claimed to offer a WLTP cruising range of up to 600 km (373 mi). The battery pack can accept a maximum charging power of up to 150 kW.

Lexus is also planning to introduce its first PHEV model later in 2021.

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