Lexus wants to go on to sell exclusively electric cars in its main world markets (China, United States, Europe) from 2030. For this reason, in the coming years, it will launch a complete range of zero-emission models, among which will be a sedan of dimensions similar to the current IS (segment D).
The aesthetics of this model was advanced last December through a prototype, the Lexus Electrified Sedan, which was also shown with a wide range of bodies (saloon, station wagon, crosswagon, convertible). Now, Toyota’s premium firm has shared new images of this ambitious vehicle.
Conceived to stand up to proposals such as the BMW i4, the Polestar 2, or the Tesla Model 3, the Lexus Electrified Sedan will place special emphasis on aerodynamics to achieve a high level of efficiency and a wide range. This is clear if we look at its sideline, with a very descending rear that reminds us to some extent of the imminent Hyundai IONIQ 6.
The front, very sharp, does not have a grille; however, it maintains the “hourglass” type scheme already seen in the rest of the range. The lateral line is crossed by an ascending L-shaped fold, while in the back the prominence falls on some optical groups with a striking boomerang shape. In addition, a small “ducktail” spoiler crowns the boot lid, encompassing the brand name.
The Lexus Electrified Sedan will be the brand’s first electric saloon
In the absence of official confirmation, it is expected that the serial version will make use of the e-TNGA modular platform. This means that, depending on the version, it could have a by-wire steering system like the Toyota bZ4X; In addition, it could also incorporate the DIRECT4 intelligent all-wheel-drive system, an advance that will soon be released on the RZ 450e.
“DIRECT4 precisely controls the delivery of torque from the front and rear electric motors and the braking force of all four wheels. By automatically adjusting the balance of front and rear drive, the system adapts driving conditions to the driver’s intentions, changing the feeling of driving […] Since the motor is connected directly to the wheels via a single drive shaft, it runs without delay.”
In addition to offering a much richer body offering than its rivals, the Lexus Electrified Sedan could also have a sports version F intended to stand up to the BMW i4 M50 and Tesla Model 3 Performance, something that would fit in with the dramatic design of the concept. car, which even has air extractors on the hood.
When will it hit the market? The truth is that, for the moment, Lexus has not revealed any schedule, although it is most likely that, given the short time that usually passes between the presentation of its prototypes and its final versions, we will see it rolling through our streets before the year 2025.