Lexus Introduces The HPX Concept Car At The New York International Auto Show

Lexus HPX Concept

 

Lexus introduced its latest concept vehicle at the New York International Auto Show. Known as the HPX, or High performance Crossover, the vehicle combines the versatility of a luxury utility vehicle and the performance of a sports sedan in a sleek and stylish package.

The HPX concept was initiated and designed by Calty Design Research, Inc., Toyota's California-based design centre in Newport Beach.

"We wanted to develop a next-generation SUV concept that would help lead us into the future of luxury sport utility vehicles," said Calty Vice President Kevin Hunter. "Our objective was to look beyond the current SUV formulas and define a vehicle that expresses strong emotional styling with high levels of performance, utility, comfort and luxury. We see the HPX as an intelligent evolution of the SUV."

The Lexus GS430 luxury sport saloon platform provided "technical inspiration" for the HPX. The concept proposes the security of all-wheel drive with a dynamic form that yields utility and dramatic styling. The HPX is powered by a 4.3-litre 300-horsepower V8 engine and paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. It has an athletic chassis with height-adjustable suspension to match high-performance expectations. Premium levels of comfort and luxury complete the picture.

"The luxury sport utility market is growing and changing rapidly," said Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager Denny Clements. "The HPX concept is something we think would appeal to forward-thinking, affluent buyers with active lifestyles."

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Published 18 May 2003 Melanie Carter

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