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New Lexus LF-ZL concept revealed: an EV to rival the most luxurious SUVs

The Lexus LF-ZL concept will be the brand’s new flagship model when it reaches production

Lexus is planning on becoming an all-electric manufacturer by 2035 and helping the Japanese firm to reach that milestone will be a production version of its latest concept - the LF-ZL. 

Revealed alongside the LF-ZC saloon concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, the LF-ZL stands for ‘Lexus Future Zero-emission Luxury’. According to Lexus the LF-ZL presents a “luxury lifestyle” with a “distinctive driving experience”. 

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The next-generation of Lexus EVs, like the LF-ZC and LF-ZL, will utilise new high-performance batteries from parent company Toyota, which will increase range, lower weight and improve overall performance. The brand has suggested that up to 620 miles from a single charge could be possible for EVs like the LF-ZL and LF-ZC, but we imagine this will decrease with the LF-ZL's larger SUV body. 

In terms of size, the LF-ZL is larger than the current Lexus RX SUV at 5,300mm long, 2,020mm wide and 1,700mm tall - making it more of a rival for the upcoming Range Rover EV. The LF-ZL has a huge wheelbase of 3,350mm, which helps open up the cabin to maximise space. There's a sliding rear door and a front door that opens up 90 degrees to help make entry and exit as easy as possible. 

Inside the four-seat LF-ZL is a pure concept car with ultra-thin seats, plenty of ambient lighting and futuristic technology. Lexus’ yoke-style steering wheel has a new look with the top angling away from the driver, while there are two small screens either side with the gear selector and infotainment displayed. In front of the passenger there’s a whopping screen that extends out into the middle of the dash. 

The LF-ZL makes use of Lexus’ next-generation of infotainment with Arene OS. It’s designed to record the driver’s preferences to offer a more personalised experience with route settings, information and general readouts.

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A keen petrol-head, Alastair Crooks has a degree in journalism and worked as a car salesman for a variety of manufacturers before joining Auto Express in Spring 2019 as a Content Editor. Now, as our senior news reporter, his daily duties involve tracking down the latest news and writing reviews.

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