Lexus trademarked the ‘LQ’ moniker a few months ago. The nameplate will reportedly be fitted with the carmaker’s future flagship SUV which will be heavily influenced by the Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept that arrived at the Detroit Motor Show.
The future Lexus LQ crossover SUV will most probably mirror the aforementioned concept. Back then in Detroit, the automaker promised a range of innovative powertrain for the SUV. They’ve said that there will be a fuel cell, hybrid, plug-in hybrid systems available, as well as an all-electric drivetrain.
The production model, however, will see neither of them, at last not right away. Instead, the LQ crossover SUV will be paired with a duo of familiar options. The model will feature the 3.5-liter V6 (2GR-FKS) that puts out 416 horsepower under the hood of the LS, as well as the option that currently powers the LS 500h.
Still, the automaker intends to make the “vanilla” Lexus LQ at some point. The most potent model available will reportedly use an all-new V8. More precisely, it’s going to be mated to a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that’s capable of delivering exactly 661 horsepower. This way, Lexus’ future flagship SUV will step into the same segment as the Lamborghini Urus. Moreover, it will outmatch Lambo’s awesome SUV that’s limited to 641 horsepower.
If the 661-hp SUV actually arrives the mighty machine has to cost an ample of money, so to say. According to first estimates, the topping flagship will cost around $150,000. The vehicle will be introduced before the end of 2020, so it should become available a year after.