Lexus is taking a go-big-or-go-home approach to styling and officially distancing itself from anything even remotely resembling “bland.”
In fact, it’s gone completely off-script with its latest styling language, which CarBuzz describes as being “inspired Darth Vader’s helmet and an hourglass.”
Design project manager Nobuyuki Tomatsu notes: “We want this to be a very influential car – one to make its rivals look boring.”
Love it or hate it, Lexus has been applying this radical approach to all of its latest models, and none more so than the LF-NX Crossover Concept. It’s basically a mid-size crossover with a full hybrid system. It’s powered by a 2.5-litre engine with 156 horsepower and an electric power that contributes an additional 44 hp.
The automaker claims the LF-NX has been tuned for “SUV performance.” For now, the concept is front-wheel-drive, but Lexus isn’t ruling out an all-wheel drive system later on. The dash and centre console are also quite dramatic designs.
If you haven’t guessed by now, the LF-NX concept is taking direct aim at the likes of the Audi Q5 and Range Rover Evoque.
Expect more details to come from the floor of the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. In the meantime, you tell us: Is this Crossover the coolest Lexus ever?
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