Lexus NXThe first photos of the new Lexus NX crossover have leaked onto the web over a week before its official debut at the Beijing Motor Show. These pictures are pretty blurry, but there is no mistaking that they show off the Japanese luxury brand's smaller, premium CUV.

While the teaser only gave us a glimpse at its pointed strip of LED running lights and angular grille, the new image proves that the CUV is definitely not afraid of sharp edges. However, compared to the original concept, it looks almost sedate. The production version drops the knife-like side mirrors for more conventional units, and the grille appears narrower. The vertical intakes at the edges of the front are dulled slightly but still present. The NX is indeed a polarizing vehicle – we'll be interested to see it in person. After all, we've grown to like the new IS after our first, shocking reaction. We should give Lexus some credit, too, for not following the premium CUV styling herd.

Seen elsewhere, these's an exterior photo that hints at a powertrain configuration. The bumper reads NX 300h, which likely indicates that there will be a hybrid version of the CUV. This is likely the same combined 220-horsepower system with a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine and electric motor found in the IS 300h in Europe. There is no word on whether that model will be sold here. It's rumored to be offered with a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder as well. More details about the new Lexus are expected in China later this month.

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      Biggest. Mesh. Grille. Ever.
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      This is a joke, right? The folks in the Lexus design studio need to be dismissed.
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      This will always be the Lexus Predator to me.
      G Money
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      Look at the schnoz on that. Yikes.
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      It feels like a samurai slashed the clay model many many times and called it a day. Very ambitious Lexus.
      joe shmoe
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      hey they kept most of the concept design. It looks dent proof. Even if you hit it with a bat, you can't tell the difference.
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        @joe shmoe
        I'd say it was nearly accident proof.
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      Ah, my eyes! That is hideous!
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      It really does look like a deformed CX-5 with a horrible interior.
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      I'm getting eye-hemorrhage from Lexus/Toyota designers.
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      A luxury vehicle....really. Looks more like a Mitsubishi rip off. How can Lexus think this thing will sell? I wish Toyota/Lexus would stop with the ugly front vertical creases, which they also did to the 4-Runner and they look terrible.
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      Wow, the brutalism school of design is in full force with this thing. Do American buyers really like the total lack of subtlety-look now?
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