Kamis, 05 September 2013

New Concept Car: Lexus LF-NX

More than a decade ago, Lexus turned the SUV world on its head when it introduced the segment-busting, car-based RX300. That luxury wagon helped popularize crossovers, and it was a huge success for Toyota’s upscale division. Now Lexus is planning a second, smaller crossover called the NX to play in the hot compact-luxury crossover arena. We’ve already seen spy photos of camouflaged NX prototypes testing, but Lexus has gone and whipped up the snappy-looking LF-NX concept to preview what its new baby SUV will look like when the covers come off.

In keeping with Lexus’s latest L-finesse design theme, which made its in-the-metal debut on the latest IS sedan, the LF-NX’s body is sharp and angular. It almost could be called brutal, and we think it looks rather cool. The hunkered-down profile and alert stance will seem familiar to anyone who’s seen a Mazda CX-5, but Lexus makes the vehicle its own. The brand’s signature spindle grille dominates the front end, which also features a shapely domed hood and ultra-thin headlights. The same Nike swoosh–emulating LED running lights that adorn the IS also are present here, and stand apart from the main headlight units. The front and rear fenders are squared off and bulge out from the body, and the back of the rear blisters are left open—presumably to help tackle the prodigious cooling needs of a crossover. 

In contrast to the chamfered and scalloped exterior, the LF-NX concept is more minimalist inside. Black and Sunrise Yellow leather is punctuated by splashes of bright metal and deep blue lighting. A large panel ahead of the shifter features ribs separating different touch-sensitive electrostatic controls, while a new take on Lexus’s Remote Touch mouse interface lives on the center console. The overall vibe is sporty and modern, with none of the stuffy, old-school-luxury persona that long characterized Lexus vehicles. 

Thanks to: Car and Driver

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