|In accordance with the 25th Anniversary edition of the LS 400 Sedan, Lexus has announced the LF-SA Concept at the Geneva Motor Show. The Lexus LF-SA Concept, primed for the European market, is a ultra-compact, sub-B-segment 2+2 Crossover.|
The LF-SA concept illustrates Lexus’s belief that in the near future world people will be influenced by technology and virtual experiences. As such, the LF-SA concept is primed to be a driver-focused vehicle, reflecting Lexus’ vision that real driving experience will remain the ultimate objective.
Lexus LF-SA exterior design reflects the sub-compact 2+2 at its finest
The Lexus designers managed to make the new Lexus LF-SA concept 3,450mm long, 1,700 mm wide and 1,430 mm high, its compact packaging pointing to the manoeuvrability and agility essential to a true city car. Its styling is rugged and confident.
The LF-SA’s highly-sculpted surfacing reflects a more challenging and avant garde, ‘Time in Design’ styling approach in which perceptions of the vehicle change when viewed from different angles.
Its angular pattern radiating from the central Lexus logo, this latest expression of the spindle grille develops from two dimensional graphic to a powerful, three dimensional form, strongly influencing the front fenders and side bodywork and reinforcing the concept’s wide, firmly planted stance.
The contrast between concave and convex bodywork surfaces is emphasized by powerful undercutting above the wheel arches, most notably to the rear, bringing a unique proportion to the design and giving it a strong sense of dynamism and forward motion.
The spindle grille shape is clearly referenced in the angular, double-stepped rear styling, which incorporates L-shaped lamp clusters in a flying-buttress design. Further Lexus trademark signatures such as the arrowhead motif are evident throughout, i.e. in the design of the DRLs (daytime running lights).
Despite its highly-compact exterior dimensions, the LF-SA Concept boasts a surprisingly spacious interior. Key to this feeling of spaciousness is the designers’ ‘manipulation of lightness’, evident, for instance, in the sweeping dashboard design which reinforces the width of the cabin.
With sole occupancy typical in city vehicles most of the time, the 2+2 cabin layout gives clear priority to the driver. The driver’s seat is fixed, and the steering wheel and pedals are adjustable, bringing the vehicle to the driver, rather than vice versa. The front passenger seat, on the other hand, is slideable giving access to rear accommodation.
This duality of function which awards precedence to the driver is reinforced by an interior design which uses space, materials and volume to create two clearly-discernible, overlapping elliptical areas within the cabin. Then there’s the infotainment system with a hologram-style digital display, as well as the wide-angle HUD (Head-Up-Display).
Edited: Lexus Europe