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JMS 2023: Lexus reveals the LF-ZC and LF-ZL concepts

These preview the brand’s direction

Lexus wants AI to be part of its electric future. PHOTO FROM LEXUS

Many have accused Toyota and its luxury brand Lexus of being late in the EV game. But in recent years, both companies have really shown that they have a place in sustainable motoring. In fact, Lexus is fully committed to having a fully electric product range by 2035, and it has just offered a glimpse of that future at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show.

The production version of the LF-ZC will be launched in 2026. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Previewing a production model slated for launch in 2026 is the LF-ZC (Lexus Future Zero-emission Catalyst). Measuring 4.75m in length, it’s about as long as the RZ. One of the key features of this vehicle is the Arene OS software, which can customize many aspects of the user experience based on customer preferences.

The cockpit of the LF-ZC consists of two touchpads on either side of the tiller and a unique instrument display. The idea is that drivers can keep their eyes on the road as all the controls are within easy reach and within their central field of vision. Also helping out in this respect is an AI-based voice recognition system called “Butler,” which can learn user needs and suggest ways on how to address those needs.

This is what the LF-ZC cockpit looks like. PHOTOS FROM LEXUS

While performance figures have not been revealed, Lexus says that the production version of the LF-ZC will be built using an innovative manufacturing process. Motors, tires, and batteries will initially be put together to form rolling platforms. These semi-complete vehicles will then drive themselves toward the various stages of the production line. The automaker claims that such a system will reduce costs and increase flexibility.

The LF-ZL is a design study of a future Lexus flagship. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

At the more opulent end of Lexuss vision of the future is the LF-ZL (Lexus Future Zero-emission Luxury). Larger than the LF-ZC, this car appears to have a more advanced version of Arene OS. Passengers can simply point to objects of interest and the software will provide bits of information about them. One of the LF-ZL’s goals is to allow its occupants to seamlessly interact with the outside environment from the confines of the vehicle.

Are you excited about what Lexus has in store for the future?

Miggi Solidum

Professionally speaking, Miggi is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He pens the column ‘G-Force’.