The premiere of the new full-size crossover Lexus LF will take place not in 2021, as previously assumed, but only in 2023. Japanese edition Bestcarweb.jp found out that the delay was caused by a problem with the development of the new twin-turbo V8.
The forerunner of the production Lexus LF, the LF-1 Limitless Concept, debuted at the Detroit Auto Show three years ago. According to unofficial data, a 360-horsepower hybrid power plant based on a 3.5-liter V6 engine will be offered for the “commodity” crossover. The top engine in the lineup will be a four-liter V8 unit with around 400 horsepower, which has been difficult to develop.
The crossover will be built on a rear-wheel drive platform TNGA-L, it will have a monocoque body, and the overall length will be approximately 5250 millimeters.
According to rumors, Lexus is also discussing the prospects for a frame SUV, which would be positioned one step above the LX. The reason for this was the words of the head of Toyota Motor North America, Jack Hollis, who commented on the completion of sales of the Land Cruiser 200 in the United States and said that it would be unwise for the Japanese brand to completely withdraw from the SUV market during the period of explosive growth in SUV demand. At the same time, he admitted that there is room in the Lexus lineup for an offer similar to the Land Cruiser, and even more.
The Lexus frame SUV may appear on the market under the LQ index – the company registered the corresponding trademark in the spring of 2020. Then it was reported that the novelty will become the flagship of the brand and will be offered with engines ranging from 420 to 600 horsepower. The preliminary cost of the model was also named – 80-100 thousand dollars.