A new competitor for the Tesla Model 3 has emerged in the form of the Lexus LF-ZC, unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. This concept car is expected to become a full-electric successor to the Lexus IS hybrid saloon.
Lexus plans for the LF-ZC to deliver engaging and exhilarating dynamics. The LF-ZC will use DIRECT4 dual-motor four-wheel-drive technology, similar to the Lexus RZ SUV. It will also use the RZ SUV’s steer-by-wire systems.
Additionally, the LF-ZC will feature Toyota’s latest “Performance” battery technology, which promises greater efficiency and affordability.
The LF-ZC will have a range of up to 500 miles per charge. This gives it a huge edge over the Tesla Model 3.
Even after the highly anticipated Project Highland upgrades, the Model 3 Long Range variant only has a range of 337 miles. The Model 3 Standard Range does even worse, with a range of only 261 miles.
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Although the production version of the LF-ZC is unlikely to resemble the extreme concept car, some design elements will likely carry over. The production version will likely retain the concept car’s aerodynamic features, including creases in the bodywork and a sloping roofline. It’s also likely to retain the sharp front-end design, which is similar to the RZ SUV.
Inside, bamboo is prominently featured in the interior design. Bamboo serves as the seat fabric and covers the door handles.
The LF-ZC’s use of bamboo is another feature that gives a car a competitive advantage over the Tesla Model 3. Bamboo removes substantial amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere. By contrast, Tesla covers the Model 3’s interior with vegan leather, a material that is derived from plastic and ultimately fossil fuels.
The infotainment system of the Lexus LF-ZC will run Toyota’s upcoming Arene OS software. This software will provide drivers with the ability to download apps and receive over-the-air updates for the latest features and enhancements.
The LF-ZC is expected to arrive in 2026. Considering its luxury status, analysts anticipate that Lexus’s new bamboo car will have a higher price compared to its competitors.
Tom Jervis at drivingelectric.com predicts a UK starting price of around £60,000 ($72,800 US). US pricing estimates are not currently available.
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