Just five months ago, our spy photographers caught what appeared to be a mule for the forthcoming Lexus NX crossover with the body of a CT 200h for disguise. Then the LF-NX Concept CUV debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show (it showed up at the Tokyo Motor Show as well) with a massive spindle grille and an extreme version of Lexus' sharp-edged new styling language on full display. Now Auto Express reports that a production version of the LF-NX concept will grace the Geneva Motor Show next March and go on sale next summer. If the names that Lexus trademarked a while back are any indication, it'll come in two trims, NX 200t and NX 300h.

Concept vehicles often look outrageously bold, with more extroverted styling than what eventually makes it into the production version. But Lexus reportedly will leave much of the LF-NX concept's styling alone for the production version, citing its customers' changing tastes.

"What we're finding is that these days customers want to be more expressive, so a lot of the concept's inherent design will come out in the finished car," says Paul Van der Burgh, Lexus' European director. "Why would you want something that looked like everything else in the segment?"

Rumors of a brand-new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine have been floating around since those first test mules were spotted, and they were seemingly confirmed when the LF-NX concept was displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show with the new engine. That'll be the NX 200t model, and the NX 300h model is expected to be a hybrid model with the 2.5-liter four and electric motor found in the IS300h and GS300h.


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      Eduardo Maal
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think it looks great design-wise. And like someone said, its the future. Much better than the new Cherokee at least. MAN that thing is ugly.
      oxygn
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like it.... reminds me a bit of Lambo Urus
      Lucky Stars
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would be hard to imagine the production looking like this. Will be interesting to see. As far as mid range suvs go the Rx simply on looks alone looks better to me then X5, X3, Cayenne, and most of the others. High marks go to Evoque. I am a little partial though to the Volvo Xc 60 I like the angular clean lines. It is not trying to hard for sure and is almost perfect size not being too small ( evoque) or too big Cayanne, X5, Grand Cherokee etc
        raughle1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lucky Stars
        Totally agree about the XC60. Really nice lines, unique styling for the segment, and perfect size. If it had more competitive pricing and engines I'd be all over that. The RX exterior styling is fine, but I've never been able to warm up to the interior. It's like they were trying too hard to make it interesting.
      atc98092
      • 1 Year Ago
      I realize this photo is a concept car, and concepts are almost always radical looking, but good lord, that is hideous.
      Technoir
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey it has character....I like this a lot better than plain vanilla.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Technoir
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      Kabayo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yet another really ugly Toyota.
      Trevor
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does lexus only know how to design boring appliance looking vehicles, or radical ugly as **** concepts. LFA excluded even though it is starting to look really dated.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      TIMMAH!
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really don't see what they see in that hourglass grill design that they keep promoting. I think it looks hideous.
      Rochester
      • 1 Year Ago
      Holy crap, no. This has to be some kind of joke. There's no way on earth this is something "customers want". This looks like something Batman's annoying niece would drive to Prom. Let's just put fins on the back fenders, and a faux jet engine on the hatch.
      mookieblaylock
      • 1 Year Ago
      how much of a tool would you feel like driving that thing around
      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      This mess makes the Aztek, Pacer, and Juke look like timeless classics. People want to be more expressive? Hardly, more like designers have run out of ideas.
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