Lexus Sharpens up Frankfurt Motor Show with LF-NX Crossover Concept [w/Videos]

Lexus’ vision of a mid-sized crossover is the carved LF-NX concept, which had its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

With a length of 4,640mm (182.7in) and a wheelbase of 2,700mm (106.3in), the LF-NX is smaller than the RX crossover, which means a production version would likely compete against the BMW X3 and Audi Q5.

We’ve covered the design in our previous post and the conclusion of most of our readers’ comments was that the LF-NX is not a very attractive vehicle. However, maybe that’s exactly what Lexus wanted to do with this study – to gain attention, by any means.

More photos of the interior have been released now, revealing bold, powerful forms. The center console extends the full length of the cabin splitting the rear seats, with the brushed metal finish being also used on the driver’s instrument meters, steering wheel, seat structure and the overhead console. The black and Sunrise Yellow leather upholstery with contrast stitching opposes the blue instrument and switchgear lighting.

Lexus’ Human Machine Interface (HMI) technology is at the heart of the interior design, with the LF-NX featuring the upper display zone and lower operation zone format typical to Lexus automobiles. The lower area includes touch-sensitive, electrostatic switches and the new Lexus Remote Touch Interface (RTI), which combines a touch tracer display with a new touch pad design and an adjustable armrest.

Under the bonnet, the LF-NX features a hybrid drive powertrain consisting of a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine and an electric motor with an unspecified power output that can drive the vehicle on its own.

By Dan Mihalascu

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  • Howard_Vickridge

    It will sell best in plastic toy form at some mall. Kids will love it. It does look fun, in that kind of Fiat Multipla “mmm that’s bold” way (cute when someone else owns it). But I’m with those who see more sophistication in organic rather than industrial forms. I’m sure it is a superb vehicle, just a shame about the retro 80’s lines. It’s no coincidence that the promo video starts with a record player needle going down lol.

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