Lexus goes all out with Paris SUV Concept

3D is the main design theme in body panels and interior controls

Published: September 22, 2016, 9:15 PM
Updated: September 26, 2016, 7:23 AM

Lexus UX Concept

Lexus will be showing off a new concept at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris, one the company says represents a new level for the Lexus design language in order to appeal to a new generation of buyers.

The Lexus UX Concept will likely become a future production model (though not completely as presented) to likely compete against BMW’s X6 and Infiniti’s QX70 (on intent, if not in size), judging by the muscularity presented in the fenders and the apparent long hood.

“Our brief was to create a new genre of compact crossover; a vehicle that could create something unique from a customer’s point of view—an innovative, three-dimensional, fully immersive user experience,” said Stephan Rasmussen, designer at European Design Centre, ED2, which created the UX Concept.

Whether it keeps the UX designation remains to be seen but we wouldn’t be surprised if it does. It seems to nicely fit into the nomenclature, and would be followed by a representation of the engine displacement (of which we haven’t been made aware but expect it to be a blend of current engines in Lexus crossover models).

The 4-door design seems to be indicative of rear-hinged rear doors, judging by the placement and design of the door handles, with the size of the rear doors indicating coupe-like proportions. The m
irrors have been slimmed down considerably for aerodynamics, and now feature cameras rather than glass.

Like the current NX, the UX would not appeal to all tastes, but would definitely be welcomed by the current connected generation, showcasing “imaginative technologies for an immersive driver experience,” according to a Lexus teaser release.

The human-machine interface technology is in 3D, meaning holograms for things like the instrument panel and gauge cluster. The latter houses a globe, in which a combination of analog and digital information. The latter features a removable sound bar in front of the passenger for a move anywhere user experience.

The centre console looks like something out of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, with a multiface crystal structure for controls for air-conditioning and the infotainment system. This way, it can be angled toward the driver for easier use, while still remaining completely visible to the front passenger.  All switchgear is electrostatic and housed under transparent covers.

The Lexus UX Concept debuts at the Paris Motor Show Sept. 29, with Lexus not committing to making it in the future but simply calling it “a compact SUV of the future.”