While many automakers are abandoning the sedan and coupe segment, Lexus’ future EV range will include traditional SUVs as well as various bodystyle cars. Spiros Fotinos, director of Lexus Europe and EV Planning, says they are not excluding anything from their future lineup in terms of body style and various segments.
Lexus’ first EV was an electric variant of the UX, followed by the brand new and recently released RZ 450e based on the Toyota E-TNGA platform. Although both SUVs, future Lexus EV offers will not be limited to the most popular bodystyle.
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Fotinos told Autocar that they recognize the global demand for SUVs, but will not abandon the traditional low-slang cars: Fulfill our growth aspirations for Europe. ” Asked about a possible successor to the discontinued CT compact hatchback, which is rumored to be a crossover, he added: “We’re not missing anything. The segment we compete in and the volume-seller segments in Europe are the segments we will look at first. “
Photinos also mentions various groups of concept cars released in December 2021 as a preview of the future EV range of the Lexus. Among them was a low-slang family of sibling models, including a four-door sedan, a five-door shooting brake, a five-door crossover, and a two-door variable that shared similar design features. In addition, the LFA had a fully electric supercar and a large SUV dubbed as its successor.
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Speaking of the Toyota-based e-TNGA architecture that is set to underpin many of the models mentioned above, Fotinos referred to it as a great starting point, but he also revealed that Lexus is actively looking at “other opportunities.” He explained that it would be “technically impossible” for an automaker to offer an EV in each segment competing using an EV-dedicated platform.
It is true that despite the e-TNGA’s scalability, Lexus’s high-performance models require other architecture like the Supercar, or its premium future flagship sedans and SUVs to compete with rivals such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Offers required 6 This can be achieved through future collaborations with other automakers, helping to reduce development costs and stay competitive.
Lexus promises to be the only BEV brand in Europe, North America and China by 2030 and worldwide by 2035. Until then, we’re going to look at a few hybrid models that were also previewed in the official teasers.