When it comes to appearance, innovation and an overall good looking car, Lexus never seems to disappoint its audience and that is also the case with their new flagship SUV, the Lexus LQ. But be aware we will only see this magnificent beast on our roads later next year. Unfortunately, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the launch might be delayed and we will have to wait and see what happens. The new crossover range will include a high-performance variant with more than 450 kW. When the Lexus was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show, it took people by surprise with its new design and features. The new LQ Lexus will be positioned just above the LX. Lexus also registered the “LQ” badge as a trademark.
The new Lexus LQ’s performance is something to take note of as this car is equipped with a twin-turbo 3,5-litre V6 petrol engine (a hybrid version will be available in other markets) which produces 310 kW in this flagship SUV. There were some suggestions that an F-badged performance version might also become available, and in this guise you will get a twin-turbo V8 expected to offer more than 450 kW.
Fuel consumption figures are as yet unknown but we can expect the SUV to be environment friendly as all big car companies are striving to be green and show respect to our planet with the release of new models.
Lexus has not revealed much about the LQ’s interior, however we can be sure they won’t disappoint with old and outdated interior and technology. Lexus has consistently specced their cars with high-quality interiors covered in soft-touch surfaces and upmarket materials. We expect the LQ’s interior to exude a modern and sleek extravagance. The SUV will also be kitted out with all the modern desirables expected from a luxury SUV. A heated steering wheel, heated-and-ventilated front seats and leather upholstery will be standard across the range.
A 12.3-inch centre touchscreen with individual controls is mounted on the rear-seat centre console and with its heated rear seats the SUV will snug up its passengers during winter. The cabin provides plenty of space for the driver and all passengers. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi hotspot and other tech will be standard features.
We can’t wait for this remarkable car to be launched in South Africa and adorn our highways. Even better will be if we can own our own Lexus LQ. It definitely will ooze lots of kerb appeal.
Price and release date for South Africa to be confirmed.