Lexus has officially asked for permission to use a new name called LX 700h, which could mean that there might be a special hybrid version of their ultra-luxurious SUV!
Lexus recently applied for something called a “trademark” at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This trademark has to do with cars and their parts. Lexus may use this trademark to put hybrid powertrains in cars, which means they’ll use special parts from Toyota, Lexus’ parent company.
The 2022 edition of the Lexus LX has been redesigned and is using the same platform and engine as the Toyota Tundra pickup truck, which was also redone that year. Both models come with a twin-turbo 3.5L V6 and a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 2022 Tundra has a new powertrain called the i-Force Max. It has an electric motor in between its engine and transmission, which makes it more powerful than the non-hybrid V-6 LX 600. The hybrid Tundra’s power is rated at 437 horsepower and 583 pounds of torque, while the non-hybrid only comes with 409 hp and 479 lb-ft.
The Toyota Sequoia full-size SUV has an i-Force Max powertrain as standard, but the battery pack which usually sits below the second row in a crew-cab Tundra was moved to underneath the third row of the eight-seat Sequoia. This made it easier to get into and out of the back seats, as well as making the second row more usable, however it decreased space in the back seats.
The Lexus LX 700h Hybrid could be a great idea. That way, Lexus would have SUVs, sedans, and coupes that are all hybrids!