2013 Frankfurt Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The Lexus LF-NX, a bold and aggressive take on the compact crossover, will debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
- Lexus said the hybrid concept explores the potential for a compact crossover within the Lexus model range.
- Details include a supersized spindle grille, exaggerated lines and a fashion-forward cabin in Sunrise Yellow and black leather upholstery.
FRANKFURT, Germany — Lexus is stepping out of its comfort zone with the Lexus LF-NX, a bold and aggressive take on the compact crossover that is set to debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
Toyota said the hybrid concept explores the potential for a compact crossover within the Lexus model range. The LF-NX targets the Range Rover Evoque and aims to win over an avant-grade audience.
Details on the LF-NX include a supersized spindle grille, exaggerated lines and a fashion-forward cabin in Sunrise Yellow and black leather upholstery.
The concept is powered by a new variant of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system tuned for SUV performance, according to the automaker. No further powertain details were released at this point.
"The LF-NX concept's exterior design reflects a further evolution of Lexus' L-finesse design language," said Toyota in a statement on Wednesday.
The cabin gets touch-sensitive instrumentation, including a new touch pad Remote Touch Interface design.
The concept is finished in Brushed Metal Silver exterior paint that is designed to make the vehicle look as if it has been carved from a single piece of solid metal.
Initial reaction by the European media shows that the concept is bound to be one of the more polarizing vehicles at the Frankfurt show. Car magazine in the U.K. said the concept had "crazy styling," while others lauded Lexus for shedding its conservative approach and going after younger buyers.
Edmunds says: The reaction to the Lexus LF-NX will be watched closely by Toyota as it tries to figure out how to tap into the high-fashion realm occupied by the Range Rover Evoque.