Lexus debuts LF-NX Crossover Concept ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show unveiling

Lexus is showing the LF-NX Crossover Concept that is said to give a peak at a new compact crossover model that would slip into the Lexus line-up below the popular RX vehicles. Compact crossovers are all the rage, especially in Europe where a production LF-NX would compete with the Audi Q3, the BMW X1, and the Mercedes GLA. With the recent success of Buick's Encore, it would do well in the US as well. When I first saw the pics, it made me think of a Transformer on steroids, but while prepping the pics for this post, it kinda grew on me. I doubt that any production version would be this angular, so squint and you'll get the idea. The oversized Lexus grille could be (should be?) downsized, the interior seems almost ready for production, and the auto show wheels would be down-sized as well. If you look at the side view (after the "read more" jump) the lines are nice and I really like the taillights. Since a vehicle of this size has been rumored for Lexus for sometime, expect a production version to debut next year. No word on the mechanicals at this point other than to say that the LF-NX Crossover Concept will have next-gen Lexus hybrid tech. Since the letters LF in the concept's name stand for Lexus Future, this must be a preview of the new NX crossover. If this is true, I'm sure Acura is thrilled with the name choice, but really how many folks would confuse this vehicle with the new NSX? More to come...

Source: Lexus - Press release after the jump.

Press Release:
World Premiere of the Lexus LF-NX Crossover Concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
  • Distinctive and sculpted styling
  • ‘Human Oriented’ interior design with new, touch-sensitive instrumentation
  • Highly efficient full hybrid powertrain
A new Lexus compact crossover concept, the LF-NX, will make its world premiere at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). This concept explores the potential for a compact crossover within the Lexus model range.

Reinforcing Lexus’ leading position in full hybrid drive technology, the LF-NX concept is powered by a new variant of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system tuned for SUV performance.

With its highly distinctive and powerfully sculpted styling, the LF-NX concept’s exterior design reflects a further evolution of Lexus’ L-finesse design language.

The front is dominated by a strong interpretation of the Lexus spindle grille, extremely expressive signature front lighting with independent Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and unique corner styling which separates the bumper from the front wing with an aggressive vertical cut.

In profile, muscular wheel arches are trimmed with the black protective finish which typifies an urban crossover. Above the pronounced diamond shape of the belt line, a classic Lexus side glazing profile and steeply raked tailgate create the sweeping silhouette of an athletic coupe.

The rear features highly articulated lamp clusters. They are detailed to project downwards to the full depth of the bumper, creating a sharp, aerodynamic trailing edge to the vehicle which mirrors the front wing detailing.

The Lexus LF-NX concept is finished in a new Brushed Metal Silver exterior colorwhich gives the striking impression that the bodyshell has been carved from a single piece of solid metal.

The interior mirrors the LF-NX’s highly sculpted exterior with bold, powerful forms creating a driver-focused cockpit within an ergonomically ideal environment.

In a continuation of the ‘Human Oriented’ L-finesse design concept, the cabin features the ideal, upper display zone and lower operation zone dashboard format perfected over successive Lexus generations.

This allows for intuitive interaction with the vehicle’s next generation technology, which includes touch-sensitive electrostatic switches, and a new touch pad Remote Touch Interface (RTI) design.

Reinforcing the LF-NX concept’s premium crossover credentials, the strength and refinement of the interior’s carved metal surfacing is complemented throughout by Sunrise Yellow / Black leather upholstery with contrast stitching, and sophisticated blue instrument lighting.