Lexus LF-NX Concept Looks like a Cross between an Origami Car and Transformers Robot

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

  • Tinky-Winky

    That is crazy! I like it.

    • MarketAndChurch

      It’s what a show-stopping concept ought to be.

  • Millionaire$

    this car looks like the armenian nose lol

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  • john1168

    WTF is THAT?!?!?! WOW, that’s hideous! NOTHING on this thing looks good. This makes the Pontiac Aztec look great!

  • klowik

    even if they tone down a bit more, it will still look very aggresive.

    • TheHake

      It will definately be toned down. Which is a pity. I really like the complex lines and surfaces. In this time when everything looks the same this is a nice change! I like it!

  • gdfg

    ….looks like crushed paper.

  • AstonMartin

    The overall designs at Lexus are becoming progressively worse. It used to be their concepts outshined the production models in finesse, now their concepts are hit or miss and production models simply miss. This concepts sharp creases and spindle grille make me think original Cylon robot not small luxury Suv. Lexus is alienating potential new buyers and forcing them to shop elsewhere due to sparse updates of exiting models and polarizing new designs.

  • tkindred

    Lexus needs to stop with that front end.

  • YipYap

    Amazingly hideous.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Fantastic concept. When they smooth the exaggerations out, and tone the angles down, the production version will look more palpable. Certainly better then the Acura SUV-X concept.

    One note though, I’m tired of the over-sized air vents as a prominent design element. It is lazy design, and folks like Mercedes, Audi, and everyone else, over-rely on it, but it’s getting really really old. It looks better on this Lexus concept then say the Audi Super Quattro concept, and most concepts at this show, in terms of creativity and innovation.

  • inspirion7

    Rarely I make a negative comments but uh, what is this, April Fools day?

  • inspirion7

    More than likely this of course is an exploratory concept #1. Sometimes designs that are different can offend or shock. We will more than likely see a few more concepts before Lexus settles on a final one 😐

    • Carmaker1

      This is already long finished design-wise. You do not fully design a vehicle in a day, a week, nor a month. Years are involved. Why is that readers on a car site always seem to lack basic knowledge of the automotive research, development, and production processes?

  • Toronado_II

    I agree with you Dan, this is the L-boldness (too much) !
    Press the “toned down” button please…

  • Six Thousand Times

    Holy cockroach that ate Cincinnati, Batman!

  • donald seymour

    I like it! Its what a concept and a production vehicle should be. Aren’t you guys tired of the same ole mundane bull crap? Thats why I wouldn’t mind seeing this on the road.

  • carlover

    vulgar, obnoxious, busy and utterly irrelevant. hire some design help, Toyota! better, replace ALL your designers.

  • Car_Guy1

    Toyota is on drugs, that’s the only explanation for one weird design after another, I think Nissan is on them too

  • Braddo

    note to the designer: put the pen down and step away from the table!
    oh and drugs are bad mm ok?
    smokin crack for inspiration is not a good idea – and tell nissan the same

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  • Rich Money

    toned down? How about taken out back and shot and left to rot. Nasty thing.

  • Nick Name

    Now that’s one disgusting car! Did they try to make the Urus before Lamborghini?

  • TheHake

    Maybe there will be a tuned-down, baby Land Cruiser based on this…

  • plumplum

    Just awful.
    Is it me or have Lexus lost the plot??
    The IS range is a good case in point.
    IMHO, the first IS was a really great car and is, (also MHO) already an iconic car.
    It started going off with 2nd gen and now 3rd gen has lost it entirely.
    Did Lexus get Bangle to design this, their latest line of monstrosities?
    How can they put such awful bodies over such great internals?

  • easydoesit

    That is way cool. At last a car with identity from its own culture. Bravo.