Currently, the lineup of the Japanese company Lexus already contains 6 hybrid representatives of different automotive segments. Thus, the brand management takes care of those of the brand customers who prefer environmentally friendly cars. Now, the charged versions of the Lexus F series models will also be equipped with hybrid motors.
As part of his recent interview with foreign automotive publications, Yoshihiro Savva, who is the current president of the Japanese automaker, said that the brand management is seriously considering the possibility of equipping high-performance versions of conventional models from Lexus F with hybrid power units.
“The development of the high-performance F series is very important for us and therefore we are in search of our own original way,” – Mr. Savva said at the Festival of Speed in Goodwood, Great Britain.
“One such solution may be the appearance of an environmentally friendly car F GT, which will receive a hybrid engine that will combine the best of our classic V8 and V10 engines with the capabilities of electric motors.” Unfortunately, nothing concrete has been said, but rumors suggest , that we can talk about the alliance of a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo with a capacity of about 621 horsepower and an electric motor.
In addition, in the course of his interview, Mr. Savva said that it is quite possible the appearance of an electrified version of the forthcoming crossover UX. In this case, the car would receive not only a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, but also an electric motor for the rear axle. It is known that the presentation of the car is scheduled for the end of this year.
According to Sawa, Lexus intends to offer a number of new power units in the future. “We have not decided yet, but we can fully imagine electric motors, plug-in hybrid engines, fuel cell engines (hydrogen), and conventional gasoline engines,” – he told to Auto Express.