Compact luxury crossovers are becoming big business for upscale automakers. Mercedes is slotting the new GLA beneath the GLK, BMW has the X1 below the X3, Audi has downsized from the Q5 to the Q3, and Lexus is keen to get in on the game. And to that end, Toyota's luxury division is coming to the Frankfurt Motor Show this year with the concept crossover you see here.

Previewed a couple of weeks ago with an enigmatic teaser, the LF-NX concept, in the company's own words, "explores the potential for a compact crossover within the Lexus model range." The latest adaptation of the "L-finesse" design language could be the sharpest and most stylistically Japanese we've seen yet, with the sharp creases of the signature spindle grille repeated all around for a razor-sharp look. Lexus only released one shot of the cabin, but it looks as sharp as the exterior and, while clearly stylized, looks essentially more production-ready than most show cars.

Lexus hasn't revealed much about the powertrain, saying only that it incorporates "a new variant of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system tuned for SUV performance." Whether it actually has an engine that Lexus will detail at the show remains to be seen, but you can delve into the press release below for more and scope out the five images released thus far in the gallery above for a closer look.
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World Premiere of the Lexus LF-NX Crossover Concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

- Distinctive and sculpted styling
- 'Human Oriented' interior design with new, touch-sensitive instrumentation
- Highly efficient full hybrid powertrain

FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 4, 2013 - A new Lexus compact crossover concept, the LF-NX, will make its world premiere at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). This concept explores the potential for a compact crossover within the Lexus model range.

Reinforcing Lexus' leading position in full hybrid drive technology, the LF-NX concept is powered by a new variant of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system tuned for SUV performance.

With its highly distinctive and powerfully sculpted styling, the LF-NX concept's exterior design reflects a further evolution of Lexus' L-finesse design language.

The front is dominated by a strong interpretation of the Lexus spindle grille, extremely expressive signature front lighting with independent Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and unique corner styling which separates the bumper from the front wing with an aggressive vertical cut.

In profile, muscular wheel arches are trimmed with the black protective finish which typifies an urban crossover. Above the pronounced diamond shape of the belt line, a classic Lexus side glazing profile and steeply raked tailgate create the sweeping silhouette of an athletic coupe.

The rear features highly articulated lamp clusters. They are detailed to project downwards to the full depth of the bumper, creating a sharp, aerodynamic trailing edge to the vehicle which mirrors the front wing detailing.

The Lexus LF-NX concept is finished in a new Brushed Metal Silver exterior colorwhich gives the striking impression that the bodyshell has been carved from a single piece of solid metal.

The interior mirrors the LF-NX's highly sculpted exterior with bold, powerful forms creating a driver-focused cockpit within an ergonomically ideal environment.

In a continuation of the 'Human Oriented' L-finesse design concept, the cabin features the ideal, upper display zone and lower operation zone dashboard format perfected over successive Lexus generations.

This allows for intuitive interaction with the vehicle's next generation technology, which includes touch-sensitive electrostatic switches, and a new touch pad Remote Touch Interface (RTI) design.

Reinforcing the LF-NX concept's premium crossover credentials, the strength and refinement of the interior's carved metal surfacing is complemented throughout by Sunrise Yellow / Black leather upholstery with contrast stitching, and sophisticated blue instrument lighting.

The Lexus press conference is scheduled on September 10 at 13:00 CET on the Lexus stand, Hall 8, Frankfurt Messe.


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      npier598
      • 1 Year Ago
      A lot of words could describe this thing... "finesse" ain't one of 'em.
      Hek!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rumor has it they broke no less than 11 ugly sticks while beating this thing into shape.
      benjamin_braddock
      • 1 Year Ago
      The new Aztek?
      pqfoursix
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did they design it like this, or did someone already try to kill it with an axe? Creases galore!
      • 1 Year Ago
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      RS
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow. Is this a belated April fools joke? This freaking thing is beyond ugly, it's like other world ugly. Looks like they handed a 10 year old some art pencils and a sheet of paper and said 'create a concept for us'.
      superset5
      • 1 Year Ago
      No. Just no. A trillion times no.
      The Friendly Grizzly
      Ghastly.
      rolle
      • 1 Year Ago
      Compare this monstrosity with say, the new Mazdas designs, and beauty and the beast comes to mind. Must be something in the water with Toyota (Lexus), Nissan, and Honda (Acura) all joining in the "Ugliest New Styling" competition. So far, Lexus has it in the bag, literally.
        Muttons
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rolle
        The Q50 is nice, and believe it or not, I think the uplevel Accords I see on the road actually look pretty damn good. This however, is...mmm... not... good...
        leo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rolle
        I disagree, the new Q50 is hot.. the only other sedan that's better looking is the Ghibili, period. and I still can't warm up to the new Mazda 6.. looks like it will break on the middle from the side
      Matt S
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lexus, please, just make something that looks normal. This over-styling is seriously getting out of hand. The new IS looks like it was put into a blender and then some poor soul tried to re-assemble it from memory. This looks even worse.
      urbansophistic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh, wow! A Mazda CX-5, with the Demolition Derby appearance package.
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      I feel like I would need to sign a waiver to buy this just in case I slice some limbs off.
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