Lexus debuts cyberpunk SUV, Genesis envisions electrified grand tourer | The Daily Star
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Lexus debuts cyberpunk SUV, Genesis envisions electrified grand tourer

Lexus has lifted the curtain over their LF-Z Electrified concept and it looks like something that will fit right in on the streets of Night City. The exterior is imposing, with its spindle body with prominent character lines broken up by oversized tires and a central fin bisecting the rear glass. The cyberpunk styling carries into the interior, with the blocky seats and the yoke-like steering wheel making it easy to mistake it for a Rayfield product. Power comes from a twin motor Direct4 setup making 536 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque, with a 0-100 of 3 seconds. The 90-kWh lithium-ion battery pack gives that car a range of 600 kilometres in WLTP cycle and supports 150-kW charging. Lexus claims the LF-Z signals the styling, performance, and tech that will be available in four years, suggesting for better or worse this SUV will not be put into production.

While Lexus did what everyone expected them to do, Genesis opts for a slightly different approach with their own concept car. Their X concept is an all-electric two-door grand tourer that —unlike the LF-Z— appeals to driving excitement and performance. Despite being an EV, the GT features an actual mesh grille, along with large fender flares and two light bars that extend up to the door frames. The interior of the car is as classy as it is interesting, as it has been finished in two different colours. The driver side is given a warm Scotch Brown upholstery while the passenger side finished in Ocean Blue Green, both being made from upcycled materials. Sadly, much like the Lexus, Genesis has been clear that the X concept is unlikely to make production, and will likely only serve as a demonstrator.

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