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Lexus LF-NX Concept Debut

The Lexus LF-NX Concept displays distinctive and sculpted styling.

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What's New

At this year's Frankfurt Auto Show, we're getting a look at the Lexus LF-NX Concept, a full hybrid compact crossover, potentially entering the lineup with a production model based off this unique design. To keep its position as a leader in the hybrid field, Lexus has powered this concept with a new variant of the popular Lexus Hybrid Drive system that is specially tuned for SUV performance. The front end is dominated by the now-familiar spindle grille, with expressive lighting and independent Daytime Running Lights, as well as corner styling that separates the bumper from the front wing. Looking at the side of the body, wheel arches stand out on this crossover, blended with a classic Lexus side profile.

Who It's For

Consumers looking for more SUV hybrid options will enjoy this luxury hybrid crossover. Although the exterior design may take some getting used to, the interior features a driver-focused cockpit with an ideal ergonomic environment. The infotainment system features next-generation technology, with an upper display zone and lower operation dashboard that has been improved with every generation of Lexus vehicles. Blue interior lighting cascades over the black leather interior with Sunrise Yellow contrast stitching. The color scheme may not be ideal for all customers, but it will no doubt be customizable when it enters production.

Key Features

The exterior styling of the Lexus LF-NX Concept is striking and bold, although that may not be a good thing. Lexus has taken some risks with this concept, and we can only hope they pay off for the automaker. Standout features for the new concept are below.
  • Hybrid powertrain
  • Full crossover SUV capabilities
  • Refined interior

What We Think

Right off the bat, the exterior design has us questioning its appeal. Yes, a new luxury hybrid crossover would be a great edition to the Lexus lineup, but maybe not one as standout as this. The Lexus LF-NX Concept has a unique look meant to seem aggressive and powerful, but the lines and shapes are just too much, and it's one of the rare instances where we're hoping the production version is toned down from the concept. If Lexus can dial it back for a production model, maybe smooth out some of the body panels and give it a smaller grille, this concept may very well be a top-seller.

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