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Meet the Lexus LF-Z Electric Concept

The future of the Lexus brand is looking electric. Its latest demonstration of its EV technology is the LF-Z electric concept. Lexus wants to use this vehicle to showcase its plans for future electric vehicles.

The LF-Z was built using the Lexus DIRECT4 platform. This was designed specifically for electric vehicles and uses and a four-wheel-drive powertrain. This helps put more of the electric vehicle’s responsive torque to work.

To help give the LF-Z a lower center of gravity, its battery packs are installed underneath the floor. This also provides an additional layer of insulation from unwanted road noises.

The LF-Z has a futuristic exterior design with organic-looking lines and a black roof that blends almost seamlessly into the darkened windows. The roof is made of electrochromic glass, which can be lightened or darkened on command.

Inside, Lexus uses advanced AI technology that will learn a driver’s preferences to offer route suggestions and even restaurant recommendations. The LF-Z also uses a sophisticated head-up display system that can display driving information, navigation steps, and audio settings.

The LF-Z is a hint of what we can expect to see from Lexus in the near future. Lexus plans to release over 10 new or updated electrified models by 2025. These new cars will be in addition to hybrid or electric versions of the rest of its lineup.

While the LF-Z is still a concept model, you can get take a glimpse into future of Lexus by test-driving one of our electrified models at Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Lexus Reveals DIRECT4 Electric Drive Control

2020 Lexus RX Hybrid | Mishawaka, IN

Lexus is committed to electrifying its lineup. Late last year we got a glimpse of that electric future with the LF-30 concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. This concept showcased the new Lexus Electrified strategy with a focus on more performance, better handling, and more driver enjoyment. Now, Lexus is showing off the next step with DIRECT4 electric drive control.

DIRECT4 is designed to be used in battery electric and hybrid electric vehicles. It controls braking force and torque delivery to all four wheels. The system monitors the driving conditions and the driver’s input to adjust the balance between the front and rear wheels. This helps deliver a responsive and exciting driving experience.

The DIRECT4 system will also help enhance the premium experience you should get while driving a Lexus. This will be part of the new Lexus Driving Signature standard that will help define the future of performance within the Lexus lineup.

Here at Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka in Indiana, we are looking forward to this automaker’s electric future.  Stay tuned to our blog for more details about the other concept that Lexus will soon release. In the meantime, stop by Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka to test-drive one of the current progressive models we have in stock, such as the RX, NX, and LC hybrid.

Exciting New Features for the 2021 Lexus LS 500 and 500h

2021 Lexus LS | Mishawaka, IN
2021 Lexus LS | Mishawaka, IN

If you’re regularly impressed by the new levels of refinement in Lexus vehicles each year, you’ll want to take a look at the new 2021 Lexus LS 500 and 500h. These luxury sedans are turning heads with their fresh, high-end features. Here are some of our favorite updates coming to these models.

Refined gas powertrain


With a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine under its hood, the LS 500 does not disappoint. The strong engine delivers 416 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, and works with a 10-speed automatic transmission to deliver smooth, responsive power. With this powertrain and its standard rear-wheel drive, the LS 500 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds

Powerful hybrid performance

The LS 500h is the hybrid variant of this luxury sedan. Its Multistage Hybrid System takes two electric motors and pairs them with an Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 gas engine. At a combined output of 354 horsepower, this hybrid powertrain takes you from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.

Updated interior

For 2021, the Lexus LS 500 and 500h take on extra comfort in the form of additional padding and a new available Palomino Leather upholstery.

New connectivity

Taking control over information and entertainment is easier than ever on the new 12.3-inch multimedia touchscreen with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility.

Interested in knowing more about the 2021 LS 500? Contact our team at Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka for additional details.

Best Cooking Podcasts to Listen to on Your Drives

Thanksgiving Podcast | Mishawaka, IN
Thanksgiving Podcast | Mishawaka, IN

When taking a day trip or running errands in your Lexus, make the drive more exciting and informative by listening to podcasts. If you’re a foodie, check out one of these cooking podcasts to spice up your ride.

“Home Cooking”

If you’ve been struggling to think of new recipes to try out during the pandemic, “Home Cooking” is a great podcast to listen to. This mini-series shares tips for utilizing pantry staples in a variety of different meals.

“A Taste of the Past”

This podcast gives an in-depth discussion of food cultures around the world. Not only will you learn about the history of certain foods, but you’ll also discover some great spots to purchase an array of meals.

“Bon Appétit Foodcast”

Whether you’re new to cooking or are interested in learning new tricks of the trade, give this podcast a listen. Each episode offers some great advice and may focus on how to use kitchen equipment or which recipes to try.

“Milk Street Radio”

In “Milk Street Radio,” Christopher Kimball and contributors answer listeners’ food-related questions. The podcast features guests from popular cooking shows and may answer some burning questions you’ve had while working in the kitchen.

Any of these podcasts can help you make the most of your time in your Lexus. If you’re interested in purchasing a new Lexus, give us a call at Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka.