Is this the future of large Lexus SUVs?
Lexus has revealed additional imagery of its large Electrified SUV concept after first revealing it among 15 other Toyota and Lexus electric concepts in December 2021.
It hasn’t, however, released any specifications.
The concept points to a potential production three-row electric SUV that could slot in above the upcoming two-row RZ EV, which is set to launch in 2023.
The latest images show the side profile and rear three-quarter angle of the Electrified SUV concept.
From the front, the Electrified SUV concept has a bluff front with a blocked off grille and linear headlight elements.
There’s a high but particularly straight belt line, while the roof isn’t as tapered as on the RZ.
Though the roof still appears somewhat low slung, this boxier rear suggests there could be a third row of seating. Lexus has yet to reveal the concept’s interior.
There are also flush-fitting door handles, camera side mirrors and a charging port near the front wheel.
Down back, the Electrified SUV concept has a tail light bar that not only spans the entire width of the vehicle but almost touches the back doors.
There’s a sculpted rear bumper, as well as a rear diffuser that matches the front garnish with vertical slats.
Lexus has yet to confirm whether it plans to introduce an electric SUV above the RZ.
Currently at the top end of Lexus’ SUV line-up are the five-seat RX and its stretched seven-seat RX L sibling, the seven-seat Toyota LandCruiser Prado-based GX not sold here, and the LX flagship SUV that offers up to seven seats.
The SUV range may also be bolstered by an additional model, with Lexus having filed to trademark the TX350 and TX500h names. They’re rumoured to be applied to a three-row crossover that’ll replace the compromised RX L.
Shortly after these images were uploaded, Lexus also revealed more images of its Electrified Sedan and Electrified Sport concepts, which appear to hint at electric successors to the current IS sedan and the departed LFA supercar, respectively.
From 2035 Lexus will only sell electric vehicles (EVs) globally. By 2030, Lexus will stop selling combustion-powered vehicles in regions such as North America, Europe and China.
Lexus isn’t alone in committing to an end-date for combustion-powered vehicles.
The likes of Cadillac and Volvo’s model ranges will be entirely electric by 2030 and Genesis has committed to selling only EVs and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles (FCEVs) by the same year as well.
Audi has committed to going EV-only by 2033 in all regions except for China, whereas Mercedes-Benz says it’ll switch to pure electric motivation but only “where market conditions allow”.