Lexus LF-NX, the Japanese rival for BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Range Rover Evoque, could be exhibited as a series version at the Geneva Motor Show in March next year.
When it was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show, Lexus LF-NX concept has aroused a wave of different reactions from the media and the public. Many were exalted by the sharp lines of the concept, while others considered the designers’ initiative much too courageous.
Lexus LF-NX – Design & Engine & Release date
Lexus LF-NX then returned last month at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, reiterating the idea of a premium compact SUV, worthy of being able to fight with Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque.
It seems that the production version is almost ready, some sources within the Japanese car company confirmed a public debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. In order to be noticed in a segment dominated by the German rivals, Lexus will bet on a risky card: Design.
The exterior appearance of the Lexus LF-NX concept will be transmitted to the series version. This is confirmed by Paul van der Burgh, Lexus Europe CEO, which motivates the decision on the customers’ desire to be more expressive and to stand out. The production version will try to adopt these features.
What we’re finding is that these days customers want to be more expressive, so a lot of the concept’s inherent design will come out in the finished car. […]
We’ve seen the finished design, we know what it will look like and it will definitely stand apart. Why would you want something that looked like everything else in the segment? Our customers have always wanted a combination of design and technology, but design has definitely become more important. Paul van der Burgh, Director of Lexus Europe.
We don’t have much info about the engines available for the new Lexus LF-NX , but the two occurrences of the concept have given way to many interpretations in this chapter. The first assumes that the model will use a variant of the hybrid assembly exhibited in Frankfurt and composed from a conventional 2.5-liter petrol engine joined with an electric motor. The second involves the use of a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged version, engine found under the bonnet of the Lexus LF-NX concept presented in Tokyo.
We can’t exclude the possibility of seeing both power solutions on the production model. The Lexus LF-NX series version will be available in showrooms no early than the summer of 2014.
Lexus LF-NX Concept Wallpaper [photo gallery]
The LF-NX reinforces Lexus’s leadership in hybrid power in the premium market, being powered by a new variation of the Lexus Hybrid Drive full hybrid system, tuned for SUV performance.
The powerfully sculpted styling reflects a further evolution of the L-finesse design language that influences the look of all today’s Lexus models, particularly the new Lexus IS.
The cabin follows the “Human Oriented” element of Lexus’s L-finesse design, presenting a dashboard divided between an upper display zone and lower operation zone – a format perfected in successive generations of Lexus models.
This enables intuitive interaction with the concept vehicle’s next generation technology, including touch-sensitive electrostatic switches and a new touchpad Remote Touch Interface design.
The concept’s status as a premium crossover is reinforced by carved metal surfacing around the interior, sophisticated blue instrument lighting and yellow and black leather upholstery with contrast stitching.[/learn_more]
Lexus LF-NX via Lexus