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Lexus' First EV to be Previewed in Tokyo

Lexus' First EV to be Previewed in Tokyo

Lexus is expected to preview the brand’s first production battery-electric vehicle at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. The preview is expected to be in the form of an urban hatchback concept, though this concept is expected to be mostly production-ready.

Thus far Lexus parent Toyota has been slow to roll out pure electric vehicles. Their slowness is going to have to disappear shortly as the Lexus brand has committed to bringing an electrified variant of every model it sells to market by 2025.

Lexus’ journey to pure electric is expected to start with a new hatchback, according to AutoCar. The report says the car–to be previewed in Tokyo–will be a tall, boxy hatchback designed for city dwellers. The overall design is expected to be inspired by the 2015 LF-SA concept, but with more production bits than the 2015 concept offered.

Lexus vice-president Koji Sato did confirm to AutoCar that Lexus’ now-iconic spindle grille design will not disappear from the brand’s electric vehicles, but it will take on new forms since pure electric vehicles do not require a grille opening.

Details of the car’s electric powertrain are still a mystery, though Lexus has acknowledged the need for its first EV to be competitive.  Ultimately Lexus models will ride on a new platform that is currently being engineered specifically for battery-electric vehicles. Although it is unconfirmed if this concept will ride on the new EV platform, it is likely.

It is also unclear when the first battery-electric Lexus will enter production, but the concept is slated for this year’s Tokyo show, which commences in late October.



About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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