An intriguing glimpse into Lexus’ upcoming modular EV concept has been disclosed by the Japanese automaker in its native market. The teaser image showcases a portion of the vehicle’s front end, offering a tantalizing view of what seems to be a sophisticated array of LED daytime running lights.
This concept car is on the brink of its full unveiling, scheduled for the Japan Mobility Show 2023. It serves as the precursor to Lexus’ pioneering next-generation battery-powered vehicle, slated for a grand entrance in 2026. This forthcoming masterpiece boasts a novel platform, a meticulously reengineered production process, and a steadfast commitment to optimizing efficiency.
The precise connection between this latest teaser image and the futuristic Lexus sedan, glimpsed in April, remains a subject of speculation. Nevertheless, a close examination of the generous openings in the front bumper and the ultra-sleek electronic side mirrors strongly suggests that we may be observing the same visionary concept car.
Presently, Lexus exclusively markets the RZ all-electric crossover in the United States, with Europe also enjoying the presence of the UX 300e subcompact EV. However, the luxury marque, under Toyota’s ownership, is poised for a bold transition towards electric mobility. Their ambition is to incorporate an electrified variant for each model by 2030, ultimately transitioning to a fully electric lineup by 2035.
The inaugural emission-free vehicle, following this ambitious electrification strategy, is set to grace the market in 2026. It will be constructed on a revolutionary three-piece modular platform, meticulously designed by parent company Toyota. This platform promises to streamline production, boosting efficiency notably, thanks to the integration of the groundbreaking giga-casting elements.
In terms of battery technology, Toyota has outlined two compelling options for the forthcoming 2026 EV lineup. The first option entails a classic lithium-ion (Li-ion) pack, capable of delivering an impressive driving range exceeding 427 miles, all while achieving a remarkable 20% reduction in manufacturing costs compared to the current bZ4X crossover battery pack. The second, more economical alternative involves a lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO) option, which provides a commendable range of 327 miles, coupled with a substantial 40% cost reduction in comparison to the bZ4X battery.
In terms of fast-charging capabilities, the Li-ion variant stands out, capable of charging from a 10% State of Charge (SoC) to 80% in a mere 20 minutes, setting a new standard for efficiency. In contrast, the LiFePo variant requires approximately 30 minutes for the same level of recharge.
To gain comprehensive insights into Lexus’ groundbreaking EV concept, we eagerly await its official unveiling at the close of October. Keep a watchful eye on InsideEVs for the latest updates and revelations about this exciting development.