Lexus is reportedly planning a high-performance crossover due in 2020 which will take on the Lamborghini Urus.
The SUV purportedly sits on a new Lexus flagship platform based on the LF-1 Limitless concept that debuted in January. Base trims of the super SUV will use the LS 500 saloon’s 3.5-litre V6 powertrain that makes 416hp. The Japanese automaker could also attach a pair of electric motors to the powertrain to give the LF-1 more power and increased fuel economy.
Lexus makes performance-oriented versions of most of its cars under the ‘F’ badge. Were the new crossover to get an ‘F’ sibling, it will go up against the Lamborghini Urus which is currently the benchmark for super SUVs. The Japanese automaker could plonk the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that is rumoured to power the upcoming LC F. The V8 is expected to make 661hp, enabling Lexus to pitch the LF-1 comfortably against the 641-hp Urus. When it comes to pricing, Lamborghini could face competition from Lexus which is looking to price the super SUV around $150,000. The Urus currently carries a $200,000 sticker.
The flagship Lexus SUV will debut around 2020 as a 2021 model. That gives Lamborghini time to benchmark the Urus at the Nürburgring. Test mules of the Italian SUV were already spotted on the track, meaning the company has a piece of paper in its hands with a lap record. If Lexus could match or beat the Urus’s timing with its own super SUV, it wouldn’t have too much trouble pitching its flagship product as a credible alternative for those who want to own a performance SUV. As of now, the benchmark for performance SUVs around the Nürburgring stands at 7:49.4, set by the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63.
Lexus has not released an official word on the super SUV citing its policy of not commenting on future products.