Lexus has filed a trademark software for the title LX 700h, pointing to a doable hybrid model of the posh model’s flagship SUV.
The applying was filed with america Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) March 6 and applies to “cars and structural elements thereof.” Automakers do not use the entire logos they apply for on manufacturing automobiles, however an LX hybrid can be in line with the model’s emphasis on hybrid powertrains, and will use Lexus father or mother Toyota’s elements bin.
2022 Toyota Tundra
The present-generation Lexus LX launched for the 2022 mannequin yr in LX 600 kind, shifting to the GA-F platform utilized by the Toyota Tundra pickup truck that was additionally redesigned for that mannequin yr. The LX 600 additionally makes use of the Tundra’s twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 and 10-speed automated transmission.
The Tundra additionally bought its first hybrid powertrain as a part of the 2022 redesign. Referred to as i-Drive Max, it provides an electrical motor between the engine and transmission. Within the Tundra, this powertrain is rated at 437 hp and 583 lb-ft of torque, in comparison with 409 hp and 479 lb-ft for the non-hybrid V-6 within the LX 600.
2023 Toyota Sequoia
Packaging could be a difficulty, although. The i-Drive Max powertrain is normal within the Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV, however Toyota moved the battery pack from under the second row within the crew-cab Tundra to beneath the third row within the eight-seat Sequoia. This was executed to enhance entry and exit into the again, in addition to the performance of the second row, however it compromised third-row house.
That challenge apart, a Lexus LX 700h hybrid would make sense. It could give Lexus a hybrid flagship SUV to go alongside the LS 500h sedan and LC 500h coupe.