Toyota’s luxury division Lexus is planning to unveil a sleek new sedan with its next-generation technology at next month’s Tokyo motor show.
Lexus is putting the fishing touches on a sleek new electric car – possibly a spiritual successor to the Lexus IS sedan – that will debut its next-generation technology at next month’s Tokyo motor show.
The top-secret model is expected to bring Toyota and its luxury division Lexus – which, combined with other divisions, is the world’s largest automaker by volume – closer to delivering a genuine rival to electric-car leader Tesla.
While Toyota has had incredible success with its petrol-electric hybrid technology over the past 20 years – with more than 20 million examples sold worldwide – it has been left in Tesla’s wake when its comes to electric-car advancements.
But that could be about to change, with the company foreshadowing a breakthrough in electric-car technology, structure and production techniques – said to be borrowed heavily from Tesla’s playbook.
In a roundtable briefing with international media, the global boss of Lexus, Takashi Watanabe, said the company was preparing to unveil a concept vehicle that will outline the brand’s vision for its electric future.
When asked if Lexus was going to adopt the new one-piece so-called ‘giga-casting’ electric-car platform – which merges 33 structural components into one – and long-range 600km to 800km battery technology touted by parent company Toyota in June this year, the executive said:
“Please wait for Japan motor show next month, we will be making more announcements about the details what you have just mentioned (but) I cannot make a definitive comment as of now.
“One thing we can say … when we look into development of next generation (electric cars) we need to significant renovate the module or the structuring of the car and car-making, and that is going to require technology innovation like the ones you have just mentioned.
“We will be fundamentally changing the structure and the production method of the next generation (electric vehicles).”
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