Lexus puts cars in ‘three new segments’ down by mid-2024
Lexus will grow its range in Australia significantly over the next 18 months.
The luxury brand has confirmed its plans to unveil three cars in “three new segments” and bring them down around mid-2024.
Exactly what the cars will be is unclear. However, Lexus in 2021 previewed its future range with a set of concept cars that provide clues.
One vehicle that is likely to be part of the plan is a full-size seven-seater SUV. not like Previous Generation RXthe latest model is not designed to support the seven-seat RX L option.
Lexus is expected to unveil a larger, more spacious SUV — likely to carry the TX badge — at some point in 2023.
“We know that there is no seven-seat version in this new RX because we have packaged it specifically for a sportier, performance SUV. That’s how it’s packed, but we know that seven-seater [segment]”Lexus Australia CEO John Pappas said CarExpert.
Based on car newsNew TX based on the upcoming version Toyota Grand Highlandera stretched version of the popular full-size crossover sold as Kluger in Australia.
It is unclear whether the TX will be produced with right-hand drive or if it will be exclusive to the US market.
If TX isn’t on the right track for Australia, then maybe the next generation Toyota PradoThe Lexus GX-based can finally be built on the right-hand drive. Currently, it has only left hand drive.
The third possibility in the world of seven-seater SUVs is the full-size electric crossover to be launched in 2021. At the time, it was known as the large electric crossover. Electric Lexus SUVbut maybe Tesla Model X And KIA EV9 opponents will wear the TZ badge.
Also not in the Lexus lineup is a mid-size sedan, given IS No longer offered Down Under.
The Electrified Sedan Concept, introduced in December 2021, features dramatic styling, plus a long wheelbase and narrowest overhang possible with an EV-specific platform.
Although the market is gradually shifting from passenger cars to SUVs, Mr Pappas insists the old model “definitely” has a place in 2023.
“We are not giving up on passenger cars, we are continuing to grow,” he said. “We want to have cars in all segments and be able to satisfy our customers.”
With that in mind, an electric Lexus sedan will take over bmw i4 And Tesla Model 3 shape as a reasonable addition to local scope.
Overall, there are many hints of IS in the design but it can be said that it still looks fresh.
Lexus Australia also does not hide its desire to have a sports car to replace the mysterious LFA supercar.
Mr Pappas made it clear that he hopes the Electrified Sport Concept launching in 2021 will eventually hit showrooms.
“We hope this car goes beyond the concept of design and into production, while fully electrifying the senses,” he told the media.
The brand has promised that the car will have a 0-100 km/h sprint time “in about a low 2 seconds”, while also having a driving range of “more than 700 km”, presumably if the car is driven in a little more calm.
On the other end of the spectrum, reports from Japan have suggested that Lexus is preparing to unveil a small hybrid and electric model to replace CT hatchback locally cut in 2021.
The report says the new model will be offered with the UX, entering production by the end of 2018 – although it also claims that the new city car won’t be revealed until the end of 2024, meaning is that it doesn’t quite fit the timeline laid out by Lexus.
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