Lexus New Stunning LQ

Lexus LQ SUV in front of a mountain
Land Shark!
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we present to you the future look of Lexus in the stunning all-new Lexus LQ luxury crossover. Debuted as the LF-1 Limitless Concept vehicle two years ago at the North American International Auto Show, this two-row family hauler will act as the flagship of the Lexus SUV lineup for 2022 and beyond. Packed with luxury and the latest technology, imagine the lush LS sedan in a futuristic SUV crossover body.
In fact, the forward-looking 2022 LQ will be the first model to display this bright new design aesthetic for the entire Lexus line-up of vehicles. These strong and daring lines will flow from the front grille, over the hood and all the way to the rear of the car with a very shark-like appearance. It's a far cry from the look of the original Lexus RX that started the small SUV advance for the automaker 21 years ago.

Luxury SUV History

The RX came out of Japan as the first luxury compact crossover in 1998 and it was the first real high-end crossover available on the U.S. market at any price. It was basically one segment size smaller than any other luxury SUV of the time and was originally offered in front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The nimble RX went through four generations over the years, starting with a 220-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine and four-speed transmission. The RX 400 Hybrid appeared in 2006, paving the way for gasoline and electric powered hybrid SUVs.

The RX was a huge success, selling nearly 400,000 units in its first generation alone and has become the best-selling Lexus vehicle every year since. All this leads us to the sharp-handling compact crossover that will be roaring its way to showrooms in the coming months as Lexus hopes to give birth to the same sort of automotive success that the RX attained.
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Lightning Strikes Twice

The LQ was built on Toyota's TNGA-L platform, also used on its LS and LC coupe. But this is the first Lexus crossover to use rear-wheel drive in its base configuration. Industry insiders predict that the LQ will share the same 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission that Lexus uses in its LS model. If so, it will likely produce 416-horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque and offer an EPA rating somewhere around 23 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway. There will also likely be a hybrid variant.
Futuristic Mold
Known for its high quality, luxurious interiors, the cabin of the Lexus LQ is designed in the same futuristic mold as the LF-1 concept car, with swoopy lines and two-tone materials as well as several touchscreens for all the very latest infotainment and driver assist features. Even the base trim will include adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and back up camera. Expect rich leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel and heated front seats, with such premium add-ons as heated rear seats, rear infotainment touchscreen, and a moonroof. Though it is a compact crossover, there will be plenty of room for storage and more cargo space with the rear seats folded down.
Front of a 2022 Lexus LQ

Rampant Rumors...
Rumors have been circulating of a pure performance F-Sport version with a meaty twin-turbo V8 that could be pushing over 600-horsepower as well as a hefty price tag of over 100K. But if the basic LQ arrives by summer of 2022, don't expect an F-Sport version until a year later. If you'd like your next luxury car to be all-electric, Lexus is also unveiling its LF-Z Electrified SUV. The similarly shark-like futuristic LF-Z will be the brand's first zero-emission SUV. Expect to see it at your local dealership by the end of 2022.