Lexus unveiled a near-production prototype of the LC Convertible during this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and it seems that even more exciting debuts are in the pipeline for the Japanese brand before the end of 2019. During a Lexus media event in Costa Rica, we learned the company plans to reveal an all-electric concept model at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show in late October.
There’s not much to report about the study itself at this point, but we know it’s going to take the shape of a small hatchback-like vehicle with a somewhat radical design language. Lexus hasn’t released a teaser image yet (and we expect to get one in the weeks before the show).
That said, the concept appears to take the brand’s spindle grille to the next level. The now-ubiquitous shape totally dominates the front end, as it bleeds from the front fascia and merges with the windshield of the EV concept. Besides its reliance on electricity as a power source, the concept's mechanical details remain under wraps. That said, it's possible it rides on a prototype of the EV platform that Lexus's parent company, Toyota, recently announced it's developing with Subaru.
Likewise, Lexus also revealed its hopes to eventually produce an EV powertrain that relies on in-wheel electric motors. It wouldn't surprise us if the luxury brand's concept car uses such a method of propulsion, even if a spokesperson refused to comment on the matter at this time.
With Toyota looking to produce a total of 10 EV models by 2025 between itself and Lexus, the Japanese company's luxury arm's Tokyo show concept might just give us our first glimpse of what one of these upcoming vehicles could look like.