At the Japan Mobility Show 2023, Lexus showcased its future vision for mobility with the debut of two electric vehicle (EV) concepts, underlining advancements in technology, sustainability, and luxury.
Lexus introduced the EV concept LF-ZC, set to launch in 2026, and the EV flagship concept LF-ZL, illustrating the brand’s future direction.
The “Arene OS” offers an integrated digital experience, facilitating personalized driving, entertainment, and connectivity features.
The innovative use of bamboo highlights Lexus’s commitment to environmental and social sustainability in luxury design.
The LF-ZC (Lexus Future Zero-emission Catalyst) is expected to hit the market in 2026. As the name implies, this model is intended to catalyze new experiences in the electric era. It promises enhanced driving dynamics, a unique design, and a range of exclusive services. Meanwhile, the LF-ZL (Lexus Future Zero-emission Luxury) provides a sneak peek into a future where vehicles, people, and society are interconnected. This concept car focuses on personalized customer interactions, offering individualized driving experiences and promoting a sustainable, luxury lifestyle.
One of the standout features of both vehicles is the “Arene OS,” a software platform that bridges the digital and automotive worlds. This platform personalizes the driving experience by adjusting performance characteristics to individual preferences, making the car a true companion on the road. Moreover, an advanced voice recognition system, powered by AI, enhances user interactions, offering prompt responses and intuitive suggestions.
In line with sustainability goals, Lexus has incorporated bamboo, a signature material, into the design of its next-gen EVs. Bamboo is a symbol of efficient resource use in a circular economy, balancing rapid growth and CO2 absorption capabilities. By integrating bamboo fibers and fabrics woven with bamboo thread, Lexus provides an experience that resonates with environmental and social sustainability, without compromising luxury.
The exterior design of these concepts emphasizes aerodynamic efficiency and visual appeal. The “Provocative Simplicity” design theme showcases Lexus’s evolving identity, blending functionality and aesthetics. The interiors, made possible by the new BEV architecture, are expansive and futuristic. The design consolidates various controls within digital pads for ease of use, and adopts HUD-like displays, ensuring drivers can keep their eyes on the road.
Lexus has also emphasized the importance of advanced production technology. Using gigacasting, the vehicles’ bodies are divided into three parts, providing more design flexibility. Additionally, next-gen BEVs will feature high-performance batteries with a prismatic structure, enhancing vehicle efficiency.