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With one foot in the future, Lexus unveils the electric SUV LF-Z – ZAP

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A Lexus recently presented the LF-Z Electrified Concept, a prototype of an electric car that shows how the Japanese brand faces the future of EVs.

O LF-Z Electrified is a sample of the platform for battery electric vehicles (BEV) that the Japanese brand intends to bring in the future. It is, according to the Lexus, a glimpse of what is to come as early as 2025.

O New Atlas advances that the SUV concept takes the form of a since four-door with a rear fastback and large wheels to create the appearance of greater ground clearance and more sturdiness.

O interior adopts a minimalist approach to create an airy and technologically advanced feel. Increasingly oriented towards autonomous driving, it is the image of a new philosophy to which the Lexus called “Tazuna”, which can be translated as “a horse’s reins”.

The steering wheel has a new design, quite different from the conventional one: it is rectangular. O apron includes a multi-screen system with augmented reality, to better respond to the driver’s needs.

But the look is just part of a real car revolution.

The new vehicle platform for EVs features four-wheel drive provided by front and rear engines, which the Lexus call of DIRECT4. This system controls each wheel individually for better driving performance.

According to the company, the main objective of these mergers is “to evolve driving performance in a way that better connects the driver to the vehicle”.

O LF-Z Electrified guarantees autonomy of 600 kilometers, thanks to a liquid-cooled lithium battery of 90 kWh. The two engines reach a total of 536 horsepower and a torque of 700 Nm, enough to go from 0 to 100 km / h in just 3 seconds.

The car reaches a maximum speed of 200 km / h and uses direction fly-by-wire (without mechanical connection).

A system based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the software integrated LF-Z – called Lexus Driving Signature – learns user preferences over time, adjusts vehicle responses and is in constant driver support.

In 2025, the Japanese manufacturer intends to launch 20 new or refurbished vehicles, including more than 10 electric, hybrid or PHEV, depending on the markets.

Liliana Malainho, ZAP //

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