Lexus has released further details on the Lexus UX Concept, prior to its introduction at the Paris Motor Show. In our previous feature, the Lexus UX concept,which is created at the brand’s European Design Center (ED2), represents the marque’s new bold design language that points to the way forward.
A glance at the UX Concept Crossover SUV offers a strongly differentiated identity that is meant to appeal to a progressive, urban audience living in a connected environment. The UX Concept also showcases imaginative technologies for an immersive driver experience, while the interior marries traditional craftsmanship with high-tech manufacturing techniques.
Like the recognizable current Lexus SUVs, the UX Concept takes on extreme flared fenders to denote its off-road purposes, as well as a raked roofline and larger-than-life wheels. Still in it concept stage, the UX resembles the Lexus NX the closest; the NX previously debut as a concept and went into production without much changes. The exterior of the UX Concept provides ample sweet curves and angles. In the rear quarter view of the UX concept, the crossover has a low-sloping silhouette and sculpted rear structure. The rear takes up elongated rear LED lights and the unmistakable roof spoiler to showcase its dynamic side. The rear bumper is tucked in with the skid plate, along with the rectangle-shaped exhausts. The front is definitely made up of Lexus’ signature spindle grille, recognizable front fascia and very trendy front LED lights.
Interior–wise, the UX concept embodies imaginative and forward-thinking technologies to provide occupants with a fully immersive experience. All on-board HMI technology has been designed to offer progressive customers who live and work in an ever-connected environment an innovative, three-dimensional driver experience.
The driver’s instrument binnacle houses a transparent globe, floating in the manner of a hologram, in which a combination of analog and digital information express a functional yet unexpected user interface. The center console features a prominent, facetted crystal structure within which a hologram-style display of air conditioning and infotainment system is clearly visible to both driver and front passenger.
The latest advanced in-vehicle electrical technologies are also on display in the new UX Concept. It features electro-chromatic windows, and the side-view mirrors are replaced by e-mirror camera housings far slimmer than conventional mirror housing. All switchgear is electrostatic and housed under transparent covers.
Finally, the fin motif used on the A pillar is repeated on the dashboard to provide a new audio experience for the next-generation Lexus customer: a removable sound bar built into the passenger side of the dashboard.
“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.