In 2005, Lexus launched the RX 400h hybrid with the goal of changing the face of luxury automotive. Sixteen years later, Lexus is still one of the world’s leaders in going green, reaching a major milestone of 2 million electrified vehicle sales.
But Lexus is far from done. Today, there are nine electrified vehicles in the Lexus portfolio worldwide—including UX 250h, RX 450h, and LC 500h. That number will only continue to grow over the next several years as part of the Lexus Electrified plan. In addition to using clean energy in manufacturing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, Lexus will launch 10 new or significantly improved hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles by 2025.
If you want to be part of the brand’s next 2 million electrified vehicle sales, stop into Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka in Mishawaka, Indiana, and check out our great selection of hybrid vehicles.
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 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.