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  • Zeekr 001 – Geely’s premium EV sold out in China

    Geely made quite a splash when it launched the first model from its new premium electric vehicle brand Zeekr, the 001, in April. Deliveries in China were slated to kick off in October, but such was the demand for the car that the entire allocation for the year has already been sold out, according to Reuters.

    The production version of last year’s Lynk & Co Zero concept, the 001 has been spun off into its own brand in order to better take on pure electric rivals like Tesla. It’s claimed to be the world’s first electric shooting brake (although it was originally branded as a coupé-style SUV) and is fairly large, with a length of 4,970 mm, a width of 1,999 mm and a height of 1,560 mm, along with a 3,005 mm wheelbase.

    Design-wise, the 001 is almost a facsimile of the Zero and features the usual Lynk & Co hallmarks, such as the split LED headlights with vertical upper daytime running lights and matrix main lamps, full-width grille and segmented full-width taillights. The only differences are the additional cameras on the front fenders on selected models, which pertain to the available driver assistance systems.

    Entering the 001 itself is a theatrical affair thanks to powered doors that open when it senses a person approaching and closes automatically. Inside, you’ll find a low-profile dashboard with a flat-bottomed steering wheel, a wraparound centre console, a massive 15.4-inch centre touchscreen, a slim 8.8-inch instrument display and a pebble-like gear selector.

    The new Zeekr OS incorporates AI Mate voice control and a facial recognition system that recognises the driver and applies their preferred settings. Zeekr also promises to supply over-the-air updates at least once per quarter to deliver the latest features to the user. An 11-speaker Yamaha surround sound system and a 14.7-inch head-up display are available.

    The 001 also comes with power-adjustable front and rear seats as standard and can be optioned with a massage function and Nappa leather and Alcantara upholstery. Zeekr did not reveal boot space with the seats up but it did mention that the 001 can swallow up to 2,144 litres of cargo with the pews folded.

    As for safety, the 001 is fitted with no less than seven exterior cameras and a millimetre-wave radar sensor to deliver the usual suite of driver assistance systems from launch. These include autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane centring assist, blind spot monitoring and a door opening warning. Zeekr says it will also offer semi- and even fully-autonomous driving capabilities in the future, the latter including fully-autonomous parking.

    Under the skin, the 001 is built on Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), which we’ve already detailed in our deep dive. Specifically, it rides on the larger SEA1 platform for D- to F-segment vehicles. which explains the car’s considerable size.

    Buyers can choose from two powertrain configurations, both utilising the same electric motor developing 200 kW (272 PS) and 384 Nm of torque. The rear-wheel-drive single-motor version gets from zero to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, while the dual-motor all-wheel-drive model uses its 400 kW (544 PS) and 768 Nm to dispatch the century sprint in just 3.8 seconds. Zeekr claims the AWD car maxes out at over 200 km/h.

    There are also two battery options on offer – 86 and 100 kWh. Weirdly, the former is only available on the AWD model and delivers a 526 km range on the NEDC cycle. The larger pack, on the other hand, provides a range of 606 km with AWD and an impressive 712 km in two-wheel drive form.

    In terms of charging, the 001 only accepts up to 7 kW of AC power for home charging, although it also supports DC fast charging at a rate of up to 360 kW thanks to its 400-volt architecture. Zeekr claims the latter adds up to 120 km of range in just five minutes.

    Suspension consists of double wishbones at the front and a multilink setup at the rear. Air suspension is available as an option (it’s standard on the 100 kWh AWD model) and is capable of adjusting the ride height between 117 and 205 mm. Zeekr says the system will even allow the 001 to be driven off the beaten track, with off-road, snow and sand drive modes.

    Zeekr will make use of both online and offline sales channels to sell the 001, including two flagship Zeekr Experience centres and 60 smaller “Zeekr Spaces” in shopping malls and other locations across China. This is supported by a network of 36 delivery centres and 60 service centres. The company also offers an app for users to order vehicles, while subscription and battery leasing will be available later on.

     
  • 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser Dubai added to Dubai Police, Abu Dhabi Police and Dubai Civil Defence fleets

    The Dubai Police, Abu Dhabi Police and Dubai Civil Defence are wasting no time in adding the all-new Toyota Land Cruiser to their vehicle fleets, with the first units being handed over during a public event organised by Al Futtaim Motors.

    This comes just a few weeks after the redesigned SUV made its global debut in June, and the event also saw the first 50 civilian customers receive the keys to their Land Cruisers. Al Futtaim Motors and the rest of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have a long history with the Land Cruiser, with the first units being imported by the former in 1955, The National News reports.

    The Land Cruiser was the go-to vehicle of choice to navigate the unpaved parts of the country, be it crossing sand dunes or wadis of the country’s interior. Last year, Car Insurance UAE named the Land Cruiser as the most popular model in the country, and it also took the top spot in other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries like Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait.

    In its latest striking form, the 300 Series is looking to continue offering the go-anywhere capabilities of its predecessor. Retaining the body-on-frame design but using the TNGA-F platform, the SUV is now lighter by some 200 kg, while gaining improved wheel articulation and better road manners thanks to the use of the brand’s Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (E-KDSS).

    The petrol V8 of old is now gone, but in its place is a 3.5 litre twin-turbo V6 that makes 415 PS (409 hp) and 650 Nm of torque. There’s a 3.3 litre turbodiesel V6 (309 PS and 700 Nm), with both engines mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. A naturally-aspirated V6 for selected markets is also part of the range, but it gets a six-speed auto instead.

    GALLERY: 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser

     

  • Michelin Virtual Racing Series in Malaysia – win tyres, gaming chair, merchandise, plus RM10,000 cash pool!

    Simulator racing is currently among the hottest segments of esports, and with the first ever Michelin Virtual Racing Series launched earlier this month to run until mid-July, this is the chance for aspiring racers to prove their mettle in the virtual world.

    Even better now, you’ll get your chance to win Michelin tyres, a Michelin gaming chair, a cash pool of RM10,000 and the first 1,000 entrants to sign up will receive exclusive Michelin merchandise. There will also be prizes given for the best race car livery, so here’s your chance to get creative.

    Beginning with a time trial event, this is open to all residents of Malaysia and is held until 11:59pm on June 27. All you will need is a PlayStation 4 or 5 with a copy of Gran Turismo Sport, and run a BMW M6 GT3 of the Gr.3 class on the platform’s Sardegna Road Track A II circuit, and broadcast your drive performance by submitting a stream upload link at the online registration page, here.

    Qualified participants will be divided into Advanced and Expert categories, and only Gr.3-class cars will no other tyre manufacturer decals except for Michelin will be selected; cars which do not meet the required regulations will be disqualified.

    From here, the top 94 entrants will move on to race head-to-head in the Tournament Rounds, and the top 24 racers in each category will then contest the Playoffs and then the Finals. Remember, registration and time trials submissions close this Sunday, June 27, and this will be followed by verification time trials to be held from June 30 until July 6, 2021.

    If you are unable to participate but would still want to check out the action, the tournament rounds of the series can be watched live on the Michelin Malaysia Facebook page. To submit your entries and to find more information, visit the official website.

    The Michelin Virtual Racing Series 2021 is Michelin Malaysia’s first major project aimed at the local esports industry as part of its new Motion For Life brand direction, celebrating all-inclusive mobility. This event is sanctioned by the Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM), and is organised by our very own Malaysia Speed Festival (MSF).

    Michelin has been active globally in the simulator racing realm as official partner for competitions such as the FIA Certified Gran Turismo Championships, as well as the MotoGP eSport Championship. The French tyre manufacturer was also the official partner for the inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, which took the place of the real-life, iconic endurance race after its postponement due to the pandemic.

     
  • 2022 Honda Super Cub 125 – Euro 5 compliance, ABS

    Accompanying the release of the updated Honda Monkey 125 in Europe is the 2022 Honda Super Cub 125. No major mechanical updates for Honda’s evergreen Super Cub, now in its 64th year of production with over 100 million units sold worldwide with the biggest change being the pillion set and footpegs now standard.

    The engine in the Super Cub remains the same, 124 cc with an output of 9.65 hp at 7,500 rpm and 10.4 Nm of torque at 6,250 rpm from a single-cylinder, air-cooled mill fed by Honda’s PGM-Fi that is Euro 5 compliant. The four-speed rotary gearbox with centrifugal clutch also stays the same, something of a Honda Cub design trademark and initially designed that way so delivery boys could ride one-handed, carrying soba with the other hand.

    Things also stay the same in the suspension and braking department, with the front end propped up by 26 mm diameter telescopic forks and the rear held up with twin shock absorbers adjustable for preload. The suspension internals, i.e. the springs for both front and back have been revised to improve ride quality.

    Braking is done using a single 220 mm diameter hydraulic disc with single-piston calliper with ABS while the back wheel comes with a 110 mm diameter mechanical drum brake, rolling on 17-inch cast alloy wheels. For Euro 5 emissions compliance, the two catalytic convertor setup on the previous generation Super Cub has been replaced with a single catalyst unit.

    LED lighting is used throughout on the Super Cub and an added rider convenience is keyless start using a smart key fob. Weight is claimed to be 110 kg while seat height is set at 780 mm. Meanwhile, in Malaysia, the 2019 Honda Super Cub C125 retailed at RM13,999.

     
  • Audi Q2 facelift now in Malaysia – 1.4T, 8AT, RM237k

    The Audi Q2 facelift, which surfaced not too long ago in September 2020, is now available in Malaysia. The refreshed compact crossover is sold here in 1.4 TFSI form, priced at RM236,900 on-the-road without insurance.

    It’s not exactly a common sight, the Q2, even in the trendiest hoods of Klang Valley, so here’s a recap. A 2016 Geneva Motor Show debutant, the Q2 undercuts the already rather compact Q3 in size to be the baby of Audi’s Q SUV family. More of a slightly raised hatchback than a shrunken Q8, the Q3 sits on the VW Group’s MQB platform, which underpins anything from an Audi TT to the Volkswagen Arteon.

    The Q2 made its maiden Malaysian appearance at the inaugural paultan.org PACE show in late 2018, and was launched in March 2019. It was powered by a 1.4 litre turbo-four with 150 hp and 250 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm to 3,500 rpm. That TFSI engine is unchanged, but the facelifted model gets an eight-speed Tiptronic torque converter automatic transmission instead of the old seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic.

    There’s a new 1.5L TFSI with cylinder-on-demand technology, paired to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic, but we don’t get it. Not much loss though; while the 1.5L is more efficient, it has the same power and torque figures as the 1.4L, and many might prefer the 8AT over the DCT.

    The facelifted Q2 1.4 TFSI comes with Matrix LED headlamps with dynamic turn signals, LED daytime running lights with headlamp washer, LED rear lights with dynamic turn signals, side blades (C-pillar) in body colour and five-arm Y-style 17-inch alloys with 215/55 tyres as standard.

    The compact crossover also comes standard with Audi drive select, cruise control, progressive steering, auto lights and wipers, comfort key, auto air con, electric tailgate, leather/leatherette combination upholstery, ambient lighting and an auto-dimming frameless rearview mirror. Also on are Audi virtual cockpit (digital meter panel), Audi smartphone interface, Bluetooth and a 10-speaker 180W sound system.

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    There’s a long list of options though. Audi lists a tool kit and jack with space-saving spare wheel (RM1,769), Parking aid Plus with reverse camera (RM9,767), lane departure warning (RM4,247) and 18-inch rims with 215/50 tyres (RM11,324).

    For the cabin, there are sports seats (RM5,096), a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system (RM7,573) and a storage and luggage compartment package (12V outlet and USB charging ports for rear seat passengers, RM2,548). Lastly, sports suspension goes for RM3,114.

    Fully load up your Audi Q2 with options and the price tag gets close to RM300k. Once again, without the extras, the CBU import goes for RM236,900 on-the-road without insurance. A five-year unlimited mileage warranty is included. By the way, you can tell that it’s a facelift model from the larger and more aggressive-looking “side intakes” on the bumper, a design that’s repeated at the back to a smaller degree. Here’s the original one.

    GALLERY: Audi Q2 facelift

     
  • 2021 Audi A4 facelift now in Malaysia – B9 offered in sole advanced 2.0 TFSI quattro variant; from RM359k

    The fifth-generation B9 Audi A4 received its second facelift in 2019, and that model is now available for purchase in Malaysia. The refreshed sedan is being offered in a sole variant – advanced 2.0 TFSI quattro – that is priced at RM358,900 on-the-road without insurance and inclusive of a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty. The stated price includes sales tax, but we have asked Audi Malaysia for the price without it and will update this space when we get the information.

    Key styling changes that come with the facelift include a lower and wider “singleframe” grille, while a new slip vent is seen between the bonnet and bumper. The latter is a cue we’ve seen before on the latest A1, along with vertical light signatures for the redesigned headlamps and taillights.

    Elsewhere, the A4 also sports an entirely new body in white, which is identified by character lines that place greater emphasis on the car’s wheel arches. Unlike its predecessor, there is no longer a single character line that no longer stretches across the car’s sides, plus the door handles now have their own line running through them.

    Standard exterior features include all-around LED lighting, 18-inch 10-spoke dynamic style alloy wheels in Graphite Grey, 245/40 profile tyres and the advanced trim line package. The last item adds silver trim to the grille, front fog lamp sections and rear bumper, along with rocker panels in the same finish.

    As for the interior, the A4 comes with powered sport seats at the front with a memory function for the driver, while the upholstery is a combination of leather and leatherette in a “mono.pur 550” design. Other items include Silver Aluminium Ellipse trim inserts, leatherette trim elements, three-zone climate control, manual sunshades for the rear door windows, a three-spoke leather steering wheel and an ambient lighting system.

    On the infotainment front, there’s Audi’s MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch based on Modular Infotainment System 3 (MIB 3), which sees the omission of click wheel/touchpad on the centre console, so you get another storage cubby in the vacant space instead. The new system is linked to a virtual cockpit Plus digital instrument cluster and includes connected services as well as smartphone interface.

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    In the safety and assistance department, the A4 comes with six airbags, Isofix child seat anchors for the outer rear seats and front passenger seat, hold assist, parking aid Plus with a 360-degree camera and a cruise control system with speed limiter.

    Under the bonnet, there’s a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 249 PS (245 hp) from 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 370 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 4,500 rpm. A seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission sends drive to all wheels via a quattro all-wheel drive system, allowing for a 0-100 km/h time of 5.8 seconds and top speed of 250 km/h – the claimed combined fuel consumption is 7.1 l/100 km. The car rides on comfort suspension with damper control and comes with the Audi drive select system.

    We’ve already had a go in the latest A4 when air travel wasn’t restricted due to the pandemic, and if you want to hear our first impressions, our own Jonathan Lee is on hand to fill you in on the details.

    GALLERY: B9 Audi A4 facelift

     
  • AD: Buy a Blueair HealthProtect or Cabin Air purifier; get a Google Nest Mini, particle filter and more, free!

    The importance of clean air is especially apparent today, and while the upkeep of public spaces is typically out of an individual’s control, the cleanliness of one’s own vehicle and home environment is where one can take charge.

    In light of the current full movement control order (FMCO) put in place by the Malaysian government, Malaysians will yet again be spending more time at home than before. As such, now is as good a time as any to improve the air quality in your home and in your car, with Blueair’s ongoing promotion at the Blueair Lazada Flagship store.

    Purchase from the Blueair HealthProtect series of indoor air purifiers and you’ll receive Google Nest Mini smart speaker worth RM299, free of charge. Meanwhile, purchase a a Blueair Cabin P2i in-car air purifier and you’ll get a free particle filter worth RM150, to gain effective air filtration in your vehicle for an even longer period of time.

    With the current FMCO having been recently extended, the FMCO Special promotion for Blueair products has been extended as well. Now running until June 28, every purchase of a Blueair Sense+ or Blue Pure Fan will entitle the buyer to a Nescafe Dolce Gusto Piccolo XS coffee machine in black, with one box of coffee capsules in assorted flavours – worth RM429, free!

    The Blueair Sense+ combines a sleek design with Wi-Fi connectivity for wireless control, and completely filters air in a 194 square-foot room every 12 minutes. Meanwhile, the Blueair Blue Pure Fan removes over 99.99% of airborne dust and pollen particles in a room of 1,008 cubic feet in just 20 minutes.

    There’s more for you, dear readers of paultan.org. You can click here and receive an additional voucher worth RM100 for purchases of RM899 and above; this voucher is valid until July 31, 2021 only. Keen to improve the quality of air in your home and in your vehicles? Click on the links above to take advantage of these limited-time specials.

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  • 2022 Honda Monkey 125 gets five-speeds, Euro 5

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    Updated for the European market, the 2022 Honda Monkey mini-bike now comes with a five-speed gearbox and Euro 5 compliant engine. Also new is a larger gearbox – to accommodate the extra cog – with minor changes to the suspension, new colour scheme and other small improvements.

    Still powered by a 124 cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine fed by PGM-Fi taken from the Honda Grom, the 2022 Monkey gets 9.25 hp at 6,750 rpm and 11 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. This is slightly down from the 2019 Honda Moneky’s power numbers of 9.6 hp at 7,000 rpm and 10.5 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm.

    The inlet duct has been redesigned for smoother airflow and a revised catalytic convertor ensures compliance to the Euro 5 emissions standard. For the new five-speed gearbox, spacing between the gear ratios is increased, giving a better spread between the gears and increasing cruising comfort to a listed top speed of 91 km/h.

    Mechanically unchanged in the chassis department, the updated Monkey comes with two-stage springs and revised rubber dampers in the rear shock absorbers for better ride comfort. The front end uses upside-down forks with 100 mm of travel and the 2022 Monkey weighs 104 kg, with a 775 mm tall seat.

    Braking is done with a single 220 mm diameter front disc with a 190 mm disc at the rear and ABS is standard equipment. The Monkey rolls on 12-inch tyres, fitted with 120/80 and 1130/80 rubber and 5.6-litres of fuel is carried in the tank.

    For 2022, the Monkey has a tubular steel carrier available as an option, and three colour options – the new colour scheme of Pearl Glittering Blue, Banana Yellow and Pearl Nebula Red. For Malaysia, the 2019 Honda Monkey 125 retailed at RM13,999.

     
  • 2022 Peugeot 308 SW debuts – longer wheelbase, 608 litres of boot space; 1.6L PHEV, up to 60 km e-range

    Say hello to the new Peugeot 308 SW. Its unveiling comes just three months after the third-generation 308 broke cover, but the sleek French wagon will only be hitting showroom floors in early 2022. At launch, there will be seven exterior colour options to choose from, starting with Nera Black, Nimbus Grey, Cumulus Grey, Bianca White, Pearl White, Elixir Red, and the new Avatar Blue you see here.

    On the design side of things, the 308 SW looks visibly longer compared to the regular hatch. The front fascia is identical between the two, but the wagon gets a stretched roofline, roof rails and larger three-quarter windows.

    The back end of the 308 SW is completely unique. The LED tail lights are no longer connected by a trim piece, allowing the new lion badge to be moved up. The registration plate holder has also been shifted upwards, making for a suitably cleaner look.

    As the more practical variant of the 308, the wagon offers a generous 608 litres of boot space, complete with a two-tier stowage system. This can be expanded to 1,634 litres with the rear seatbacks folded (40:20:40 split), accommodating items up to 1.85 metres-long. All this comes from stretching the new 308’s wheelbase by 55 mm – the 308 SW measures 4,640 mm-long (60 mm longer than the older 308 SW) and has a 210 mm rear overhang.

    Since it’s based on the same upgraded EMP2 platform, the 308 SW comes with the exact same powertrain options, with fully-electric versions being possible as well. Early adopters can choose between two plug-in hybrid flavours,the Hybrid 180 and 225. The numbers represent the amount of total horsepower on tap, coming from an 81 kW (110 PS) electric motor and the 1.6 litre PureTech turbocharged four-cylinder engine with either 150 PS/250 Nm or 180 PS. The combined torque is 320 Nm.

    The 308 SW is also equipped with the same 12.4 kWh battery pack, providing an all-electric range of up to 60 km (WLTP cycle). A 3.7 kW onboard charger comes as standard, but customers can upgrade to a 7.4 kW unit, which allows a single-phase wallbox to fully charge the car in just under two hours. Otherwise, you’ll need approximately seven hours to charge the battery via a standard eight-ampere domestic socket.

    Non-hybrid powertrain options include the 1.2 litre PureTech 130 and 1.5 litre BlueHDi 130. All 308 SW models are fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.

    Now, the cabin and equipment list are pretty much the same as the 308. Peugeot’s i-Cockpit layout is standard, featuring a 10-inch fully digital instrument cluster and another 10-inch widescreen touch display in the middle. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support are standard across all models, but wireless connectivity is only available from Allure Premium and up.

    A second display can be optioned to sit just underneath the main display, replacing the climate controls and providing user-customisable shortcuts. The tall centre console features a trendy toggle-style automatic gear selector and drive mode rocker, freeing up space for a dedicated wireless charging slot, two large cupholders and up to 34 litres of storage space.

    Peugeot claims that the seats in the 308 SW have been awarded the coveted AGR (Aktion für Gesunder Rücken) certification thanks to their ergonomics and range of adjustment. A 10-way power adjustment with two memory settings can be had as an option, as well as a multi-point massage and heated seats. Upholstery materials include mottled fabric, Alcantara, embossed leather and coloured Nappa leather.

    Safety-wise, the 308 is offered with the new Drive Assist 2.0 pack, adding semi-autonomous driving capabilities. Aside from adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist, the system also includes lane change and speed limit suggestions as well as the ability to slow down for corners at speeds of up to 180 km/h. Other new features are long-range blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a reverse camera washer, a 360-degree camera system and an emergency call function.

     
  • All-new Lexus LX set for Sept debut, LX 750h hybrid with 480 hp, LX 600 with Land Cruiser 3.5L V6 – report

    After Lexus promised one more new model for 2021 after the second-generation NX, the premium brand released a video teasing a large SUV. All signs point to it being the new Lexus LX – today’s LX has origins from 2007, and the Toyota Land Cruiser – which the LX has always been based on – went into a new generation this month.

    Now, rumours originating from Creative Trend in Japan have revealed possible powertrain details, purportedly from info obtained from a Lexus dealer. The next generation of Lexus’ flagship SUV will be based on the new Land Cruiser with the lighter GA-F platform, but with added luxury and Lexus design. There are even some changes under the hood and new model names.

    At the top of the tree will be the so-called LX 750h, which will use the Land Cruiser 300 Series‘ 3.5L V6 engine. In the Toyota, the twin-turbo engine is good for 409 hp and 650 Nm of torque, but the flagship LX 750h will add on hybrid assistance (hence the ‘h’ in the name) for a combined 480 hp and 871 Nm of torque.

    The report adds that there will be an LX 600 variant with the Land Cruiser’s 409 hp engine intact, without the additional battery and hybrid hardware. Both LX 750h and LX 600 will feature a 10-speed automatic transmission, just like the Land Cruiser. The 300 Series also has a 3.3L turbodiesel V6 engine (305 hp/700 Nm), but fittingly, there’s no mention of the oil burner for the Lexus.

    The report also mentions a more luxurious interior than the Land Cruiser, along with the brand’s new infotainment system seen in the 2022 NX. The latest system sees Lexus ditch the Remote Touch Controller, the much-maligned mouse-like contraption, in favour of a big touchscreen. The screen maxes out at 14 inches in the NX, but rumour is that the LX will have one as large as 17 inches. It certain has the size to accommodate such a wide landscape screen.

    Lastly, it is said that the next LX will have a fingerprint scanner for starting the engine. The internal info says that the LX is set for a September 2021 debut and will go on sale in December in some markets. The Land Cruiser is not destined for the US market, but the big Lexus is a thing there and Americans can opt for the equally off-road capable but more luxe LX.

    New LX aside, Lexus is said to be developing a seven-seater crossover called LF. Unlike the LX, which is based on one of the most capable off-roaders in the world, the LF will have unibody construction and will focus on luxury and on-road comfort.

    Back to some official news. Lexus has already stated that by 2025, it plans to introduce 20 new or improved models, including more than 10 electrified models such as full EVs (BEV), plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and regular hybrids (HEV), in line with the needs of each market and region. By 2025, Lexus also aims to offer electric variants of all its models, with the sales ratio of BEVs exceeding that of ICE vehicles.

    While Lexus and Toyota were hybrid pioneers, they’ve been slow starters in the PHEV and BEV races, having bet on hydrogen fuel cell tech as “the future of driving”. Lexus is making up for lost time now. The brand launched its first BEV late last year with the UX 300e, and the new NX 450h+ is Lexus’ first PHEV. The next step comes in 2022, when the brand will reveal its first dedicated BEV model.

    Dedicated BEV means that it will be a stand-alone electric car, and not a regular model repurposed to be an EV like the UX 300e. In March, Lexus revealed the LF-Z Electrified concept, and the showcar could very well be a preview of that dedicated BEV.

    GALLERY: 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series

     
 

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