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With the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show in full swing, the world is getting a glimpse into the future of electrified automobiles.  One of the newest names to enter this portion of the technological ring is Lexus, the luxury brand of Japanese automaker Toyota.  While it is no newcomer to manufacturing automobiles, the brand had not yet unveiled one without a combustion engine.  With Lexus’ first electric concept car in public view and promises of another production-ready model to come in November, it looks like Lexus may finally be taking its first steps into joining the future of automobile manufacturing.

The Concept

The Tokyo Motor Show is a great place to check out new concept vehicles and futuristic automobile technology of all kinds, so it is no surprise to learn that Lexus used the opportunity to reveal its fascinating new LF-30 to the world. 

The LF-30 is an innovative four-seater that comes with a motor in each wheel, allowing the vehicle to deliver a better ride as well as a combined 536 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.  Able to jump from 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in 3.8 seconds and reach speeds of 124 mph (200 kph), the LF-30 certainly has some power to back it up.  Its 110 kWh battery pack is said to give the LF-30 up to 311 miles (500 km) in range and allow charging of up to 150 kW without a cable, thanks to wireless charging support. 

The most striking thing about this vehicle, though, is an extremely futuristic design that is so unusual that it seems almost doubtful that it will ever hit production.  Massive gull doors rise above an extremely angular front and rear fascia, its aerodynamic shape seemingly built around the architecture of the wheel motors.  Coupled with wing-shaped headlights and massive cooling intakes, the whole thing looks like something out of a sci-fi film. 

Lexus’ First Electric Car

Nestled within the press release for the Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept, however, was a much smaller and almost nondescript announcement: “Lexus plans to unveil its first BEV in November 2019”.  Timing in mind, that could mean we might see the new battery-powered Lexus premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show.  There is also the possibility that its release could be part of a dedicated event where the car would be the sole focus. 

What will Lexus’ first BEV actually look like?  Some wonder if the vehicle will be an electrified version of the Lexus UX small crossover.  Others surmise that it could be a small hatchback similar to the 2015 LF-SA concept vehicle.  Lexus does not seem to be in a hurry to give us more details, so for now, we will have to be patient.

Why the announcement was included as what seems to be an afterthought rather than as a newsworthy press release in its own right is rather strange.  It could lead one to suspect that Lexus is not too proud of what they will be unveiling next month.  Let us hope that is not the case.

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