Update – Motor1.com is reporting details on the next-gen Lexus LX, after speaking to a company insider. The website reports that the next-gen LX would be an “entirely different” vehicle, moving from a luxed-up Land Cruiser to more along the lines of the Bentley Bentayga. It is set to become far more luxurious and gain a V6 hybrid (USA sales) and a diesel engine (global market sales).
6 December 2019 –
Japanese publication Mag-X has detailed in its scoop story that Lexus will put the next-gen Lexus LX full-size SUV into production in October 2021.
The 2022 Lexus LX will sit on a brand new TNGA truck platform, and for the first time receive a hybrid variant. The LX is currently the only global Lexus vehicle to not feature a hybrid as it is based on the mechanical carriage of the 12-year old Toyota Land Cruiser J200 which runs on petrol and diesel engines.
The 2022 Lexus LX hybrid will utilize a 48V single-motor hybrid system. At the moment 48V systems are employed on mild-hybrid variants which stop short of spinning the wheels independently, but German supplier Continental this year revealed a full hybrid on the 48-volt system to provide electric propulsion up to 56 mph (90 kmph).
The company’s 48-volt system provides the very advantages of a full-hybrid with a higher-voltage system but with smaller and cheaper electrical components and a more compact design. Thanks to the water-cooled electric motor, Continental says it has doubled the motor’s power output compared to the previous-generation “mild” hybrid system, without increasing its diameter.
While we can only speculate at this time what the hybrid system on the new Lexus LX will or will not do, but it is certain that Lexus will try to electrify its flagship car to a level where it can keep up with what its competitors like the all-new Cadillac Escalade and the 2022 Range Rover have up their sleeve and to preserve the relevance of the SUV for the next decade.
Head over to LexusEnthusiast.com to catch the render and the discussion.
[Source – Motor1.com]