Lexus announced today that its latest concept vehicle, the Lexus UX Concept, will make its world debut on September 29 at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
Created at Lexus' European Design Centre, ED2, the Lexus UX Concept takes Lexus' bold design language to the next level. Its strongly differentiated identity 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.
Other highlights of Lexus at the 2016 Paris Motor Show will include the refreshed Lexus IS in European premiere, as well as the new Lexus NX Sport Edition and the brand’s new flagship coupe, the LC.
The Lexus UX Concept will make its world debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, showcasing Lexus’ vision for a compact SUV of the future. This vehicle represents a new step in the company's design journey and a redefinition of the driving experience.
The bold UX Concept design 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.
A powerful reinterpretation of the Lexus design signatures, the UX Concept reflects Lexus’ determination that each of its models should have a unique, stand-alone character with a strong concept behind it; here represented by the powerful, inside out design concept and deconstructed interior styling.
Our brief was to create a new genre of compact crossover; a vehicle that could progress the user experience and create something unique from a customer’s point of view.
Inspiration came from many sources, but the main source of inspiration comes from the key phrases representing the character of the car: 'Robust Yet Agile' and 'In and out styling concept'.
This comes from one of the Lexus fundamentals, the ‘Yet’ philosophy. We were looking for inspiration representing the synergy of contrasting values, in architecture, fashion design or
nature, with a view to fusing lightness, structural, artistic and emotional values.’
A NEW HORIZON AWAITS
The Lexus UX compact crossover makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2018. With bold SUV-inspired design and the agile handling of a hatchback, the UX offers a fresh take on luxury city living.
A stylish and distinctive exterior design makes the UX unique in its class, combining a secure and spacious feel within a condensed form
WIDE FIELD OF VIEW
Inside the cabin, a driver-focused cockpit is combined with a commanding, ultra-wide view of the road and elevated driving position.
As the first Lexus to be built on the new global architecture platform (GA-C) the UX boasts the lowest centre of gravity in its class and exceptional body rigidity, delivering an agile, hatchback-like driving experience.
Inside, Lexus craftsmanship and quality is evident. The UX includes new trim options inspired by the grain of Japanese paper as well as traditional sashiko leather upholstery quilting.
HYBRID OR PETROL
Two new drivetrains are introduced for the UX: the UX 250h features a new, fourth generation self-charging hybrid system, while the UX 200 is powered by a new 2.0L petrol engine.
GO BEYOND CROSSOVER CONVENTION
Challenging everything that went before it, the all-new Lexus UX crossover juxtaposes bold urban design with unmistakable strength. Side on, its sculpted body expresses pure and dynamic lines.
To the front, the distinctive signature grille displays an intriguing mesh pattern that gradually changes shape outwards from the central Lexus badge, while triple-LED headlights are enhanced by arrowhead-shaped daytime running lights.
Seeking to innovate, the UX design team developed many aerodynamic breakthroughs. These include a fin on the rear combination light that helps stabilise the vehicle in crosswinds and stepped wheel arch mouldings to improve handling around corners.
EMBRACE JAPANESE CRAFTSMANSHIP AND DESIGN
For the all-new Lexus UX crossover, our creative team set out to eliminate the conventional boundaries between exterior and interior design.
In the driver’s seat where the instrument panel appears to continue through the windscreen into the bonnet. This clever effect enables the driver to better sense the size of the vehicle which, combined with excellent front visibility, makes it easy to manoeuvre in the city.
The theme continues with ‘Takumi’-crafted ‘sashiko’ leather upholstery, a stitching technique used to strengthen Judo and Kendo uniforms. Additionally, one of the UX’s trim options displays the delicate paper pattern of ‘shoji’ sliding doors that are often seen in Japanese homes.
SEEK NEW WAYS TO POWER AND PROTECT
Starting from scratch, with a brand new chassis and suspension, the UX’s rigid body and low centre of gravity make it an agile and fun to drive crossover. Power comes from a choice of two advanced drivetrains: a Self-Charging Hybrid in the UX 250h that delivers low emissions and is also available with All-Wheel Drive, or the lively petrol-powered UX 200.
Featuring many innovative technologies like Panoramic View Monitor and a world-class Mark Levinson® Premium Surround system, all UX models are fitted with Lexus Safety System + as standard. This includes a Pre-Collision System with pedestrian detection; Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Tracing Assist to help you stay on course; Adaptive High-beam System for enhanced vision at night; and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which regulates your speed to that of the vehicle in front.