These are the first official images of the Lexus LF-NX, a new concept car due to be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show next week.
Unlike many of the concepts lining up to make their debut, the LF-NX is not an all but complete production model, but a fresh design study, created to gauge customer reaction to a forthcoming entrant into the premium crossover sector.
It’s striking, heavily sculpted lines will be a welcome addition to a market dominated by the austere conservatism of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, with only the Range Rover Evoque providing something different in terms of bold design.
It can be immediately identified as a Lexus, however, with the marque’s ‘spindle’ grille and raked back headlights the dominant features on the LF-NX’s front end.
The show car will be finished in ‘Brushed Metal Silver’ – a striking new hue that gives the impression the car has been carved from a solid block of metal.
Inside follows a similarly sculpted design theme, with the cabin split in two by an angular, high rising transmission tunnel and being slathered in leather and carved metal fittings.
The LF-NX will be powered by a tweaked version of Lexus’s Hybrid Drive system, which mates a conventional petrol engine to an electric motor for increased performance and efficiency.
Currently there is no word on if or when a production model will reach showrooms. However, if you’re in the market for a larger SUV, Lexus already make the commendable RX, which you can search for here.
September 5, 2013