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Introducing the Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept

Lexus LF-30 Electrified

Lexus debuted their new LF-30 Electrified Concept today at the Tokyo Motor Show, showcasing their vision for vehicles towards 2030. Here’s the full press release.


  • Lexus Electrified vision promises unmatched driver fulfillment and enjoyment of automobiles.
  • ‘LF-30 Electrified’ new concept embodies the vision of Lexus’ electrification
  • Futuristic exterior foreshadows the Lexus Electrified vehicles towards 2030
  • An innovative, interior that leverages autonomous driving technologies, a newly designed cockpit, and other advancements
  • Boasting four in-wheel electric motors, steering by wire, and Lexus Advanced Posture Control, LF-30 can offer a dynamic experience unlike any currently available

TOKYO, JAPAN (October 23, 2019)―In its continued efforts to deliver innovative and amazing experiences, Lexus unveiled its “Lexus Electrified” vision for an upcoming generation of electrified vehicles. Headlining this moment was the debut of the Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept, which made its world premiere at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show 2019.

Since the brand’s creation in 1989, Lexus has endeavored to deliver to its customers innovative and amazing product and brand experiences that stimulate the five senses. Since the launch of the RX 400h in 2005, Lexus has led the world as a pioneer in electrification technologies such as the two-stage reduction gear and the multi-stage hybrid system which leverage technology to offer excellent performance and the direct driving sensation characteristic of Lexus Hybrid vehicles.

The “Lexus Electrified” vision unveiled today targets a fundamental leap in vehicle performance, handling, control and driver enjoyment―even as mobility within our society continues to change with autonomous driving and vehicle electrification.

Lexus LF-30 Electrified Hero

Evoking the original fun of driving, Lexus is developing new advanced posture control and other electrification technologies to further evolve driving pleasure, and to fundamentally transform the essence of luxury vehicles of the future. Towards this end, Lexus is drawing on the lessons learned developing the core technologies found in Lexus’ popular range of gasoline-electric hybrids, including battery management, power control modules, and electric motors. In particular, the technology of Lexus Electrified enables integrated control of powertrain, steering, suspension, and brakes, realizing the ultimate potential of the motor control technology cultivated in HV. With this technology, we can control the driving force to provide ideal vehicle posture according to each driving situation. Lexus endeavors to continue providing enjoyable and safer driving vehicles.

Lexus LF-30 EV Side

To advance this goal, Lexus plans to unveil its first BEV in November 2019―broadening our response to the needs of various regions around the world, including the development of HEVs, PHEVs, BEVs, and FCEVs. Moving forward after that, Lexus plans to expand its electrified vehicle lineup―we will launch our first Lexus PHEV and a new dedicated BEV platform early in the coming decade. By 2025, Lexus will have available electrified versions of all Lexus vehicle models, and we are aiming for the sales of electrified vehicle models to outpace those of conventional internal combustion engine vehicle models.

Lexus LF-30 Electrified highlights

‘LF-30 Electrified’ new concept embodies the vision of Lexus’ electrification

The LF-30 Electrified concept vehicle embodies the “Lexus Electrified” vision. For its exterior styling the advanced image expected of a BEV has been channeled into artistic qualities that result in a futuristic form, and an interior that assertively weaves in autonomous driving and other new technologies aims to manifest Lexus’ distinctive worldview. Performance is rooted in Lexus Electrified components, adding Lexus’ latest technology to our leadership in development of HEV systems. Precise electric motor control enables instantaneous adjustments to posture not possible with conventional vehicles. Furthermore, the LF-30 Electrified employs numerous advanced technologies with a look ahead to the year 2030- such as a new-concept cockpit based on a human-centered design philosophy and a steer-by-wire system.

Lexus LF-30 Interior

Futuristic exterior foreshadows the Lexus Electrified vehicles towards 2030

In taking up the challenge of expressing a new design that could only be achieved with a BEV powered by in-wheel electric motors, Lexus visually articulated the LF-30 Electrified’s unique energy flow. The vehicle form is meant to visually express the energy created by the wheels set at the corners of the vehicle body streaming toward the vehicle cabin and past the driver to directly flow onto the road surface.

Lexus LF-30 Bird's Eye

Taking advantage of a hoodless vehicle shape made possible by being a BEV, Lexus’ signature “spindle” form has been further evolved to span the entire vehicle architecture. The window glass, which continually stretches from the front to rear, the muscular fenders, and the wing-shaped headlights form the contours of the Lexus iconic spindle. The shape of the body is fashioned with an elegantly flowing front which transitions into a linear and sharp rear. In addition to the wing-shaped headlights, the sharpness of the rear lights and side air intakes combine to achieve both excellent aerodynamics and cooling performance, resulting in styling fused with function.

Lexus LF-30 Side Driving

The opacity of the side windows can be freely adjusted, providing occupants with expansive views of the surrounding scenery and a high level of privacy at night and in other situations. The color of the front face of the vehicle and luminescence patterns help identify from the outside whether the vehicle is being operated in its normal mode or in its autonomous driving mode, reflecting Lexus’ pursuit of both a high level of styling and functionality. The exterior color ‘voltaic sky’ employs a leading-edge metal-infused coating to achieve a unique quality tinted by a touch of blue-green.

Innovative, interior that leverages autonomous driving technologies, a newly designed cockpit, and more

To manifest in a higher dimension Lexus’ fundamental human-centered philosophy, the cockpit was designed based on the new Lexus concept of “Tazuna”. Inspired by how a single rein can be used to achieve mutual understanding between horse and rider, the steering controller-mounted switches and head-up display have been coordinated to a high degree, creating a space that enables the driver to focus on driving while controlling various functions, such as the navigation and audio system and driving-mode selection, without having to shift one’s vision or operate manual switches. As an indication of the future image of a Tazuna cockpit, the LF-30 Electrified employs next-generation interfaces, such as gesture control and enhanced presentation of vehicle information through AR (augmented reality). The resulting interior is one that provides comfort and convenience for both driver and passengers.

Lexus LF-30 Front Seat

With the layout of the front passenger seat echoing that of a first-class seat on an airliner, the interior is one in which a sense of openness and a sense of envelopment coexist. All switches and other controls being comfortably within reach and a gesture-control large-screen display for the passenger seat add to the achievement of interior comfort and convenience.

Lexus LF-30 Side Interior

The rear seats use artificial muscle technology to mold to their occupant, and can support various modes such as reclining, relaxation, and alert functions. A Mark Levinson® audio system creates a next-generation listening environment, in which minute speaker control establishes ideal acoustic spaces for music listening pleasure for the driver and each passenger, and speakers built into the headrests not only provide an optimal audio environment but also have a noise-cancelling feature that contributes to enhanced quietness.

A glass roof above the rear seats features voice control and a gesture controlled “SkyGate” display window that uses AR to display various types of information, such as a realistic star-filled sky, user-favorite videos, and even navigation.

Lexus LF 30 Interior Steering

In addition to its unique design, the interior also indicates the direction of next-generation luxury by using sustainable materials to reduce environmental burden. Yakisugi (charred cedar), a traditional Japanese material, is used in the floor and steering controller while recycled metal was processed into fibers for use in creating the pleated door trim. This approach expresses Lexus’ distinctiveness and innovative spirit.

With in-wheel electric motors, steering by wire, and Lexus Advanced Posture Control, the LF-30 can offer a dynamic experience unlike any currently available

To achieve a fundamental leap in vehicle performance, handling, control and driver enjoyment, the LF-30 employs numerous state-of-the-art technologies even beyond advanced posture control. In-wheel electric motors for each of the vehicle’s four wheels and low positioning of the battery enable better handling of inertia and high-level driving performance. Autonomous driving technologies and drone support vehicle technologies look ahead to the year 2030 and the widely expanded value that vehicles can offer.

Lexus LF-30 Rear

Lexus Advanced Posture Control technology regulates the drive-power output from high-torque electric motors to adjust vehicle posture in tune with human sensibilities. Completely independent control of front and rear drive wheels allows appropriate provision of front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive, depending on the driving situation. Compact and lightweight drive-power units expand freedom in vehicle packaging and are used to enable the driver to enjoy ideal driving, regardless of the road surface or driving conditions.

Positioning Lexus Advanced Posture Control technology as a core element of the ‘Lexus Electrified’ vision, Lexus intends to widely apply this technology throughout its lineup of electrified vehicles.

The steer-by-wire system eliminates a mechanical connection to allow more flexible turning control depending on driving conditions, and a more precise steering feel aligned with the driver’s intention. It also contributes to a greater sense of openness by allowing the steering controller can be shifted forward and out of the way during autonomous driving.

As a next-generation BEV, LF-30 uses wireless charging technology to simplify daily charging, and AI-based energy management to enable optimal distribution of electric power to both the vehicle and the home, and charging control coordinated with the user’s daily schedule.

Onboard AI distinguishes the voices of vehicle occupants, and uses personalized information stored on the driver’s control key to serve as a partner. It facilitates the adjustment of elements of the interior environment, such as air temperature and audio, and the setting of navigation routes and destinations, while also making proposals for activities after arrival. It also understands driver’s preferences and helps them control the suspension and powertrain settings in real-time according to the driving scene.

Lexus LF-30 Interior Screen

The LF-30 Electrified also carries the ‘Lexus Airporter’ drone-technology support vehicle. Using autonomous control, the Lexus Airporter is capable of such tasks as independently transporting baggage from a household doorstep to the vehicle’s luggage area.

Based on the latest autonomous driving technology concept of ‘Lexus Teammate’, the LF-30 Electrified features advanced driving support functions in the form of a Chauffeur mode and a Guardian mode. Occupants can enjoy both comfort and peace of mind during autonomous driving with advanced posture control technology being employed. Furthermore, a self-parking function and a front-door pickup function in which the LF-30 Electrified autonomously moves from driveway to doorstep provide an especially high level of convenience.


Lexus LF-30 Electrified main specifications

Length (mm): 5,090
Width (mm) : 1,995
Height (mm): 1,600
Wheelbase (mm): 3,200
Weight (kg): 2,400
Cruising distance [WLTP] (km): 500
Battery capacity (kWh): 110
Charging speed (kW): 150
0-100 km/h acceleration (seconds): 3.8
Maximum speed (km/h): 200
Max. output (kW) / max. torque (Nm): 400 / 700

CRSKTN

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The technology is amazing, but I’m not impressed at all. 2030? What about now? Oh that’s right... Sadly we’re getting a UX250e in November while Toyota gets the GS... I mean Mirai. Overall, what a disappointing year.
No GS, but the LF-30 has the "Airporter", so you can tell they're focused on real, deliverable, commercializable stuff.

The LF-30 Electrified also carries the 'Lexus Airporter' drone-technology support vehicle. Using autonomous control, the Lexus Airporter is capable of such tasks as independently transporting baggage from a household doorstep to the vehicle's luggage area.
Design is interesting, will be curious to see how it seeps into the production vehicles.
 

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This press release is just full of dumb jargon thrown around and throws random superlatives around to advertise this "thing". Also, barely any specifications were talked about, and the face LITERALLY looks like you're looking into a blackhole. Shocking that it weighs just a couple hundred pounds less than a Lexus LX. So much for a "compact" ca- *COUGHS* I should just stick to calling this a "thing". Decent power numbers though.

Lexus is just a shadow of it's former self. All these concepts I'm seeing are extremely forward thinking and stupidly futuristic (probably more futuristic than any other brands), but all their concepts just stay as...... concepts. Not to forget they're not building cars that consumers want, or if they are, they release sh*t at speeds tectonic plates move.

Pass.
 

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This thing is way beyond reality of the near term. On the other hand the battery capacity of 110kWh looks early 2020-ish. I'm pretty sure in 2030 this class of vehicle will have 200kWh minimum. So I would say it's a blend of their short-term and long-term vision.

Full in-wheel motor torque vectoring is the holy grail of driving dynamics. It will completely redefine the driving experience and make today's ICE sports car look primitive. Imagine a family SUV with the dynamics of a Miata. If they plan to use them for 'a wide range of electrified vehicles' I am all for it. I am doubtful about this since I feel four-motor torque vectoring is just a lot of additional cost for some bit of fun so I don't expect that in, say, a NX-EV.

Four-motor torque vectoring is banned in all level of electrified motorsport. It will just lead to an infinite development war since the gains are just amazing.
 

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This press release is just full of dumb jargon thrown around and throws random superlatives around to advertise this "thing". Also, barely any specifications were talked about, and the face LITERALLY looks like you're looking into a blackhole. Shocking that it weighs just a couple hundred pounds less than a Lexus LX. So much for a "compact" ca- *COUGHS* I should just stick to calling this a "thing". Decent power numbers though.

Lexus is just a shadow of it's former self. All these concepts I'm seeing are extremely forward thinking and stupidly futuristic (probably more futuristic than any other brands), but all their concepts just stay as...... concepts. Not to forget they're not building cars that consumers want, or if they are, they release sh*t at speeds tectonic plates move.

Pass.
It's not a compact city car. The dimensions clearly points to a full-size...thing because it's not a sedan nor a hatchback. 2400kg is actually reasonable for a BEV of that size.
 

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It's not a compact city car. The dimensions clearly points to a full-size...thing because it's not a sedan nor a hatchback. 2400kg is actually reasonable for a BEV of that size.
Weren't they originally saying they're going to show a compact concept before? Also that's what insider information said before no? But yeah I took another look again and you're definitely right. Still a no from me though.
 

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Weren't they originally saying they're going to show a compact concept before? Also that's what insider information said before no? But yeah I took another look again and you're definitely right. Still a no from me though.
Lexus has confirmed today, in an announcement corresponding with the Tokyo auto show, that it will introduce its first production-bound electric car very soon—in November 2019.

Although Lexus said little more about that actual EV, it’s suspected to be what Lexus chief Koji Sato had previously described as a “tall, boxy hatchback.”
So maybe the production EV to be announced in november is the tall boxy one?

But the trademark was for UX300e, right? Is the UX considered tall and boxy?

EDIT: looking at the concept, it's like they turned the front spindle design into a giant lidar rig, that's funny.
 
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Sigh.... what is that ugly thing... please don’t make this to production or else I build my own EV out of a Pontiac Aztek which will look way better than this.
 

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This is just a marketing piece to make Lexus (Toyota) relevant in BEV segment and express their distant future vision. Technology is irrelevant for anything today, in-wheel electric motor is a pipe dream it's been in some form of development for way too long without any breakthrough. True, if anyone can solve it that's Toyota with their piles of cash but will they see any reasonable return if it doesn't significantly outperform current e-motors with differential in either performance or manufacturing cost?

Unfortunately nothing to see here.
 

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This thing is way beyond reality of the near term. On the other hand the battery capacity of 110kWh looks early 2020-ish. I'm pretty sure in 2030 this class of vehicle will have 200kWh minimum. So I would say it's a blend of their short-term and long-term vision.

Full in-wheel motor torque vectoring is the holy grail of driving dynamics. It will completely redefine the driving experience and make today's ICE sports car look primitive. Imagine a family SUV with the dynamics of a Miata. If they plan to use them for 'a wide range of electrified vehicles' I am all for it. I am doubtful about this since I feel four-motor torque vectoring is just a lot of additional cost for some bit of fun so I don't expect that in, say, a NX-EV.

Four-motor torque vectoring is banned in all level of electrified motorsport. It will just lead to an infinite development war since the gains are just amazing.
I've been telling people on another forum that now I want a BEV with torque vectoring (even if just on the rear axle) and they laugh at me and say it's not possible for $70+k CAD. Heck, Honda already uses electric SH-AWD on its NSX, RLX and MDX hybrids.

Even the Taycan doesn't come equip with electric torque vectoring. I think the PTV Plus is a carry over from its ICEVs.
 

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So the number of ovals is the number of BEVs or HV/PHV's to be released that year? Perfectly fine for me with one BEV in 2020, 2022 and 2024 and maybe more by 2025.

It's almost like those old SNES Super Gundam turn by turn strategy game lol.
 

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What are we looking at? Is it from Lexus?
So the number of ovals is the number of BEVs or HV/PHV's to be released that year? Perfectly fine for me with one BEV in 2020, 2022 and 2024 and maybe more by 2025.
Like @Will1991 , I'm wondering whether that chart is for the Lexus brand only or for Toyota as a whole. Probably for Lexus only, since the Toyota brand is expected to launch a couple of EVs of its own in 2020.
 

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Assuming 2020 is the UX, what are 2022 (1 new EV) and 2024 (1, possibly 2 EVs if you squint)? Maybe LS refresh and LF-1?
NX and RX most likely because everyone is making electric SUVs. Unfortunately I think this slide just killed the possibility of an IS-EV.
 
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