THK’s electric crossover concept was designed by Nissan’s former design chief
This concept was created to showcase THK’s internally developed technology for electric vehicles
October 11, 2023 at 11:30
Japanese company THK may not be widely known, but it is heavily involved in the production of various mechanical components for cars. This explains the THK LSR-05 concept set to make its public debut at the 2023 Japan Mobility Expo, featuring advanced EV technology developed in-house.
The name LSR-05 combines the initials of “luxury, sport, and revolution” with the number 5 as a nod to THK’s 50th anniversary. The coupe-crossover was designed by independent studio SN Design Platform, headed by former Nissan chief designer Shiro Nakamura.
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The exterior looks modern and close to production, featuring a grille-less face, full-width LED headlights, sculpted fenders, discreet cladding around the wheel arches, a sloping roofline, and Kamm-tail styling. The prototype is 4,995 mm (196.7 in) long and 1,965 mm (77.4 in) wide and is very similar to the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, but at 1,530 mm (60.2 in) tall and approximately 120 mm (4.7 in) longer.
Inside the four-seat cabin is a “hidden seat sliding system” that allows the floor to be completely flat. The interior features wood trim on the suicide doors, as well as suede-like upholstery that also covers the dashboard. The centerpiece is a single, full-width panel that houses the touchscreen for the infotainment system, the digital instrument cluster and camera displays that replace the mirror.
Foundations of high technology
The 800V electric powertrain includes two in-wheel magnetic flux variable motors at the rear that produce 125 hp (93 kW / 126 hp) each, and a third electric motor at the front that produces an additional 295 hp (220 kW / 299 hp). The company didn’t fill us in on the co-production but the triple-motor system adds up to 544 PS (406 kW / 552 hp). The concept also features four-wheel steering, power brakes and an active suspension system using THK’s MR fluid active damper tube. The press release mentions a “contactless power supply system” although it doesn’t go into detail.
As you may have guessed, the THK LSR-05 isn’t intended for production, but the technology it showcases will likely find its way into future electric vehicles by other companies. Alongside the full-scale prototype, THK will also display a chassis model, providing a better view of the battery’s electrical underpinnings.