Lexus has given a sneak peek of its new Modular EV Concept, which is set to be formally unveiled at the Japan Mobility Show in 2023 (Oct 26–Nov 5). The electric concept provides a glimpse of a model that will be launched for the global market in 2026. The teaser image, which was released in Japan, shows the front end of the vehicle with a lighting design. It's unclear whether the model in the teaser is related to the Lexus-branded sketch that Toyota revealed in April 2023. However, the teaser image features broad front bumper apertures and slim electronic side mirrors, which suggest that it might be a similar version. The vehicle is said to be powered by the next-generation Nippon battery, which is expected to provide a range of 800 kilometres on a single charge. More information about this new modular EV concept will be disclosed at the official global debut.
Lexus Electrification Highlights
The first vehicle under the brand's new electrification strategy will make its international debut in 2026. It will be built on a three-piece modular platform that is expected to reduce the number of production processes and increase productivity, claims Toyota (Parent organization).
Toyota has announced that the next generation of its electric vehicles will be powered by two types of battery packs. The first one is a traditional lithium-ion (Li-ion) pack, which will provide a driving range of over 687 kilometre (approximately). This pack will cost 20% less to make than the battery pack currently fitted to the bZ4X crossover. The second option is a less expensive lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO) pack, which will enable a range of about 526 kilometre. This pack will cost 40% less than the battery in the bZ4X.
Lexus, a luxury brand owned by Toyota, is currently offering the RZ all-electric crossover in the United States. However, the company is planning to introduce the UX 300e subcompact EV in Europe soon. By 2030, Lexus aims to offer electrified versions of all its models. Furthermore, the brand has set a target to switch entirely to EVs by 2035.
Lexus LC 500h Limited-Edition Sports Coupe India Launch Updates
Lexus India has launched the limited-edition LC 500h sports coupe at a price of Rs 2.50 crore (ex-showroom). The model boasts upgraded exterior and interior styling with added aerodynamic components. The Lexus LC 500h is powered by a 3.5-litre naturally-aspirated V6 petrol engine that is paired with a single electric motor-generator hybrid system. The hybrid system is backed by a lithium-ion battery, which is part of the Lexus multi-stage hybrid system.
The V6 engine can deliver a maximum power output of 296bhp at 6,600rpm and a peak torque of 348Nm. Additionally, the electric motor provides an extra output of 178bhp and 330Nm. Together, the powertrain generates a combined output of 354bhp. The car comes with a 10-speed hybrid automatic gearbox that sends power to its rear wheel. The hybrid system consists of a 4-speed automatic and a CVT unit.