Last month, Lexus released a teaser photo that previewed a new concept car, without providing any details. The mystery is solved now, as the Japanese luxury automaker has revealed more photos of the study called LF-NX that will premiere at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.
Lexus says the LF-NX “explores the potential for a mid-sized crossover within the Lexus model range”, which means it could spawn a rival for the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLK. The study is powered by a new variant of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system tuned for SUV performance. No other technical details were offered, so let’s turn to styling because there’s a lot to discuss.
According to Lexus, the LF-NX represents a further evolution of the L-finesse design language. Maybe it’s just me, but I think Lexus should seriously consider changing the name of its design philosophy, as there is nothing “finesse” about this concept’s overly inflated wheel arches, aggressive creases all over the bodywork and huge air vents.
The front is dominated by an enormous Lexus spindle grille and equally massive vertical air intakes that separate the bumper from the front wing. The headlights with independent LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are a more aggressive version of those seen on the new IS sedan, while the small glazed surface also contributes to the study’s ungraceful looks. At the rear, the taillights and the rear air vents mirror those on the front.
The interior also looks aggressive, but in a better way. It has bold, powerful forms thanks to the carved metal surfacing that also help create a driver-focused cockpit. The dashboard features Lexus’ traditional upper display zone and lower operation zone, both allowing interaction with next generation technology such as the touch-sensitive electrostatic switches and a new touch pad Remote Touch Interface (RTI). The showcar also features Sunrise Yellow/Black leather upholstery with contrast stitching and blue instrument lighting.
You won't hear us very often saying this, but let’s just hope the design gets toned down before it reaches production…
By Dan Mihalascu