The Lexus LF-X

The new Lexus GS executive saloon may be almost a year away, but the distinctive styling of this eagerly awaited new car has its roots in recent concepts. These cars were the first public sign of a new design philosophy at Lexus, statements of intent about just how exciting the future for Lexus will be. On display at Motor Show Live is the first of those concepts, the LF-X.

The LF-X (Lexus Future – Crossover) is a fully-realised concept car that combines the versatility of a premium SUV with the performance of a sports saloon with sleek and stylish body. The car, which is making its UK debut at Motor Show Live, demonstrates the new design language that will influence the look of future Lexus showroom models.

The LF-X was initiated and designed by the Lexus team at the Calty design centre in Newport Beach, California. The objective was to look beyond current SUV styling and create a vehicle that has a stronger emotional quality with high levels of performance, versatility, comfort and luxury.

Constructed on the GS430 platform, the LF-X features all-wheel drive and height-adjustable suspension. Under the bonnet it is equipped with a 300bhp version of the Lexus V8 engine, matched to a five-speed automatic gearbox. In the cabin comfort and luxury advance the class leading standards for which Lexus is renowned.

The overall shape of the LF-X was designed to communicate a balance between the car’s all-wheel drive capability and the strength of the GS430 platform. The distinctive shoulder form and the low-set Lexus grille broadcast the car’s performance potential, while the use of LED lighting technology in the jewel-like front and rear lamp arrangements evokes a rich, high-technology quality.

The interior was designed to convey the sophistication, functionality and luxurious comfort of an executive jet, being clean and uncluttered and with a driver-orientated feel. The instrument panel can be customised to suit the needs and preferences of individual drivers. Information displays can be changed in size, position and colour, according to taste. Excellent all-round vision is provided by small cameras mounted on each side and at the rear of the vehicle, relaying images to the dashboard display.

Advanced technology is also exhibited in a drive-by-wire system and a single interface for a wide range of control menus, including the satellite navigation.

Individual sports seats are provided for the front and middle rows, while the third row is designed for children. When not in use, these seats can be folded into the rear floor to increase the load space. Rear seat passengers can also enjoy in car entertainment options thanks to display screens which deploy from the vehicle’s centre console.

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Published : 21/05/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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