Lexus may be lagging rivals when it comes to electrification, but that will soon change. Toyota’s luxury brand has confirmed plans to launch a new plug-in hybrid model later this year. Lexus will then follow up with the launch of a dedicated battery-electric model in 2022.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard details of the brand’s electrification strategy. Back in March Lexus revealed the LF-Z Electrified concept. During the reveal Lexus stated it plans to launch 10 new or redesigned models with electric motors by 2025. Both confirmed models will eat at that goal.
Thus far Lexus isn’t saying much about either new product. The brand says the PHEV will be a mass-market vehicle. Other than confirming its dedicated EV will hit the market in 2022, they are saying virtually nothing else about it. It has been speculated the EV will be an SUV model, similar to the LF-Z concept. The dedicated EV will also utilize Lexus’ DIRECT4 drivetrain technology, which essentially a torque distribution system that channels torque to all four wheels.
Lexus estimates that by the end of the decade sales of its hybrid and EV models will exceed sales of its combustion-powered models. Further out, by 2050 Lexus aims to be an entirely carbon neutral brand.