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Los Angeles 2019: The Lexus LF-30 Concept, or Gazing Into the Distant Future

The winged Lexus LF-30 Electrified concept flew itself across the Pacific to be at the Los Angeles Auto Show and give a peek at the (distant) future of the brand’s design vision

As a rule, concept cars are made to make us dream. In some cases, we get ones that are very close to production-ready, but most of the time the prototypes we discover at auto show are nowhere near that.  There’s another subset of concepts: the ones that will see the light day when heck freezes over. These serve as weapons of shock and awe, and also to preview the possible future design directions of a brand.

A perfect example is the Lexus LF-30 Electrified concept. The winged creature first made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show last month, and it’s now flown in for the show in Los Angeles to be admired up close by visitors to that event.

Photo: D.Rufiange

Let’s start with an understatement: the design is… different. It’s difficult to call it beautiful, exactly, so futuristic and unique is its appearance. Straight out of 2050 or so…

The model serves to preview the future designs of Lexus electric vehicles in the future, in the long-term future to be precise. It also ties in with the company’s celebrations of its 30 years of existence as Toyota’s luxury brand.

Beyond the massive front and back ends of the thing, the most striking feature of the Lf-30 is obviously those big butterfly-wing doors, which frankly we’d pay to see in action in an indoor parking lot!

Photo: D.Rufiange

When deployed, the doors reveal a cutting-edge interior that looks very impressive. Once inside, occupants would have precious little to do, since this is a conceived as a self-driving car. There’s a steering wheel but it recesses into the dashboard, while the seats can be reclined to give the front occupants optimal rest time.

A Lexus teammate mode allows users to have the car park itself, among any number of other tasks. The LF-30 even comes with its own drone that can transport luggage or the groceries to your door.

Like we said, straight out of 2050…

Photo: D.Rufiange

In terms of hardware, the concept is designed to house four electric motors, each one connected to one of the wheels. Combined output is given as 536 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Who knows, maybe these numbers will look pathetic in 2050. 0-100 km/h acceleration can be done in 3.8 seconds.

At the heart of the model is a 110 kWh lithium-ion battery that helps deliver a range of 310 miles, or close to 500 km.

Photo: D.Rufiange
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Lexus LF-30 Electrified concept pictures