Throughout an occasion to rejoice its 30th anniversary—pictures from which we’re utilizing as an example this future look, as a result of bygone vehicles are additionally neat—Lexus gave us a short glimpse of the applied sciences and methods it has within the pipeline.
A Level II autonomous driving system, known as Automated Highway Teammate, is coming in 2020. The system is designed to work “from [highway] entrance to exit” and is more likely to embody an automatic lane-change and/or passing characteristic. Such a system has already undergone extensive testing on totally mapped Japanese expressways.
All Lexus models will provide some type of electrified powertrain, that means they may have EV, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or gas-cell choices, with powertrain choices tailored to particular person markets. Lexus is engaged on advances in automobile connectivity—for instance, having automobiles talk with a centralized knowledge middle for actual-time site visitors data. Lexus will proceed to develop its hybrid expertise, and never simply as an eco-solution; it’s trying to present extra dynamic expertise by electrification.
Different technologies Lexus is exploring embody in-wheel motors for electrified autos, a steer-by-wire system, and the “E-Axle.” Although it wouldn’t give us particulars of the latter, it was described to us as an axle optimized to work with electrical energy, and which might be appropriate with each in-wheel and centrally mounted electrical motors.
Lexus will present a brand new idea automotive on the 2019 Tokyo auto present, which can present the approaching evolution of Lexus interiors. Among the many adjustments, we are able to anticipate a rise in distinction and expanded use of premium supplies. We interpret this as a transfer away from the interiors of the RX and NX, and one towards these of the LS and LC.
Lexus is ready to implement vehicle-to-vehicle communications (V2V); however, is ready to see how the know-how develops with different automakers. V-8 engines will survive for now, however, might fall sufferer to future regulation. Although turbochargers are a part of Lexus’s technique (witness the dual-turbo V-6 within the flagship LS500), Lexus feels that hybrid drivetrains are a powerful candidate to take over the function as their preferred performance powertrain.