Before kicking off the Detroit Auto Show, the Society of Automotive Analysts had Toyota CEO Jim Lentz come on stage to say some words about the future of the auto industry, as well as what's coming for Toyota. While this type of information would normally stay off our radar, a video of his speech likely gives us our first look – albeit low-res – at the production version of the Lexus NX compact crossover.

In the video recorded by AmericaJR, Lentz refers to the turbocharged LF-NX Concept that was on display at the Tokyo Motor Show, but comparing this image to our gallery from Tokyo, there are clear differences between the two vehicles. These include the toned-down shape of the spindle grille, lower fascia crease and door mirrors as well as a headlight design that more closely resembles that of the 2014 IS sedan and the newly introduced RC coupe. From what we can see of the rest of this image, the NX should retain some of the LF-NX's angular side body creases. The vehicle you see above basically looks ready for production.

If this is in fact the NX, then reports of a Geneva debut for the luxury crossover seem even more accurate. The entire video is posted below, but the NX comes on screen around the 10:40 mark.


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      Mr Sled
      • 11 Months Ago
      2.0 turbo? Finally an IS250 engine worth it's chassis? Cool
      AE86
      • 11 Months Ago
      Not the best look at it but looks very edgy. Not in love right away.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 11 Months Ago
      wow! Lexus hasn't broken the ugly stick yet?
      joe shmoe
      • 11 Months Ago
      still too ugly. Will it be the Aztek of this generation?
      Kunal Bhan
      • 11 Months Ago
      I still don't get why people were freaking out when they saw the concept. It made no sense. It's a concept not a production model. And if people actually took the time to consider Lexus' production cars and their looks, it only makes sense that it would be aligned with the IS but not so jarringly obtuse as with the concept. That's the point of concepts. Sorry, I just felt that was needed. OTHERWISE: looks brilliant! Lexus has already dominated the luxury CUV with the RX and this will be the perfect addition for a compcat lux CUV to go against the smaller offerings, I'm more curious to learn about the new 2.0L I4 turbo, maybe Lexus will finally cave?
      Black Dyanmite
      • 10 Months Ago
      This will be #1 seller in this class in 2015 Write it down, take a picture of it, I don't give a..... BD
      Joe Y
      • 11 Months Ago
      Excuse me while I go barf! The idiot sheep will probably drool all over it.
      BertK
      • 11 Months Ago
      Lexus can't seem to come with anything original except for their Predator grille which is got to be the biggest styling gimmick on the market today. However, it's surprising how many firsts get copied by other companies, like LED lines of running lights, side vents, etc.
        Helix
        • 10 Months Ago
        @BertK
        They are making some of the most original looking cars from any brand.
        bubbleytoes79
        • 11 Months Ago
        @BertK
        ...Not when they patented the grill design (the honeycomb and all!)...Cuz I would def be "borrowing" that grill if I was car company, it's sick
      Bob
      • 10 Months Ago
      seriously folks, have you seen anything so hidious in your life!
      Black Dyanmite
      • 11 Months Ago
      Lexus should have made a Super Bowl commercial for it. No doubt. BD
      NG22
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is likely a more production-ready concept/prototype. Notice the name starts with LF. Those only refer to Lexus concepts. Lexus did say the original concept was so extreme to gauge interest and there could be another concept going in a less extreme direction if response wasn't thoroughly positive. It's fine if all of you hate it. There's always generic-looking Audi Q3s and BMW X1s. For me, I like when companies push design limits. What's the fun if every car looks safe? Besides, when the Juke debuted, people called it the ugliest thing since the Aztec. And then what happened? It became a global sales success. Conventional looks isn't what every buyer is looking for.
        bK
        • 11 Months Ago
        @NG22
        Love the bold move Lexus is making. They did a great job changing their brand image from "senior mobile" to something completely out of the box.
          NG22
          • 11 Months Ago
          @bK
          I know. I used to be ashamed to admit it, but I really like the new generation of Lexuses.
      Black Dyanmite
      • 11 Months Ago
      I fully expect an F-Sport with the mesh grille, looking much more like the concept This looks too much like the IS. This is a base car. The RX has an F-Sport, so this will too. The mesh grille will fit in with the bold design much better. BD
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