Lexus LF-NX concept makes global debut

Lexus LF-NX

The Lexus LF-NX concept made its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and will preview a new variation of the Lexus Hybrid Drive full hybrid system in a mid-size crossover body style.

The front of the concept is dominated by a strong interpretation of the Lexus spindle grille and a signature arrangement of the front lights. The daytime running lights are given added visual emphasis by being positioned independently from the headlamps. The LF-NX also displays a distinctive treatment of the front corners, which separate the bumper from the front wings with a sharp vertical cut line.

Lexus LF-NX

The LF-NX’s profile presents muscular wheel arches, edged with a black protective finish that emphasises its urban crossover character. Above the pronounced diamond shape of the belt line, the side glazing is arranged in the classic Lexus profile, which works with the steep rake of the tailgate to create an athletic coupe-like silhouette.

At the rear the highly articulated rear lights project down the full depth of the bumper, creating a sharp, aerodynamic trailing edge to the vehicle that mirrors the detailing of the front wing design. The concept features a new Brushed Metal Silver exterior finish that creates a striking impression of the car having been carved from a single piece of solid metal.

The interior of the LF-NX mirrors the highly sculpted approach to the exterior with powerful forms and a highly ergonomic driver’s cockpit. Inspired by the “Human Oriented” element of Lexus’s L-finesse design, a dashboard divides between an upper display zone and a lower operation zone. This enables intuitive interaction with the concept’s next-generation technology, including touch-sensitive electrostatic switches and a new touchpad Remote Touch Interface design. To reinforce the premium nature of the LF-NX features carved metal surfacing around the interior, sophisticated blue instrument lighting and yellow and black leather upholstery with contrast stitching.

LF-NX Turbo revealed

Following the LF-NX was the Lexus LF-NX Turbo which made its appearance at the Tokyo Motor Show a few months later. Featuring a new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the LF-NX Turbo has a lower centre of gravity, emphasised by a front spoiler which gives the concept a sportier appearance.

Lexus LF-NX Turbo

The LF-NX Turbo cuts a lean profile with its compact, sharp body lines and large tyres that broadcast its SUV qualities. Inside remained Lexus’s reputation for exploiting user-friendly advanced technologies with a Remote Touch Interface controller with a new touchpad function.

Lexus LF-NX: specifications

Length (mm)4,640
Width (mm)1,870
Height (mm)1,620
Wheelbase (mm)2,700

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