LEXUS UX - Concept car

Lexus have always been ahead of the curve when it comes to styling, but even the most fleeting glance at the new UX concept car shows that their sight is firmly fixed on the future.


Showcased at the 2016 Paris show, the UX is much more than just a concept; it’s a production-advanced creation. Designed exclusively by ED2, the Toyota and Lexus European Design centre, the UX has been described as following an inside-out motion, with bodywork lines owing to continue with- in the spacious interior. Transparent A-pillars fuse the interior with the exterior in a sculptured meld of metal and polymer, giving the whole car a feeling of being in constant motion, even when it’s standing still. The front grill and daylight running lights architecture has always been one of Lexus’s strong points, but the UX takes these concepts and builds on them to create a powerful three-dimensional grill that melds effortlessly with the daylight running lights and forms a perfect counterpoint to the specially commissioned Amethyst paintwork, with subtle hues that serve to highlight volume changes in the bodywork, bringing focus to the sleek lines of the oversize wheel arches and power bulge of the bonnet.



The front grill and daylight running lights architecture has always been one of Lexus’s strong points, but the UX takes these concepts and builds on them to create a powerful three-dimensional grill that melds effortlessly with the daylight running lights and forms a perfect counterpoint to the specially commissioned Amethyst paintwork, with subtle hues that serve to highlight volume changes in the bodywork, bringing focus to the sleek lines of the oversize wheel arches and power bulge of the bonnet. The running lights themselves pierce the main headlights, while the rear light system extends across the whole width of the rear and is incorporated into the spoiler.


If the outside astounds, the interior will thrill, with its deconstructed seats and bizarre but obvious floating ball instrumentation, which is the centrepiece of the wholly digital fascia. It looks so advanced that you can imagine a steep learning curve in how to change channels on the immersive music system, but Lexus haven’t just added futuristic electronics to make the cockpit striking, and indeed, the instrumentation plays second fiddle to the front seats. Described by Lexus as ‘kinetic’, these too follow the deconstructed theme, and exist as mechanical skeletons laced with a rich, strong, silk-like fabric that looks fragile but is said to offer perfect lumber support, making ride comfort unsurpassed. The Lexus isn’t so much about being transported to your destination but more about being part of the experience of getting there.


The Lexus designers like to push their ideas into parts that they wouldn’t usually control. No mere off-the-shelf tyres here, the UX is shod in laser-cut Goodyears that become one with the radiating spokes of the alloys, making it difficult to see where the wheel ends and the tyres begin. Style indeed.


Lexus haven’t said which of its power plants drives the UX, but it’s of little consequence really, as almost any of their powerful and sturdy engines would grace the concept car admirably. The UX is, undoubtedly, a concept showing where Lexus wants to go with its styling, both inside and out, and those features alone are enough to make you gasp. If only half the features moulded into the UX make it onto a production model, then you are likely to be driving something very special indeed in the future.


The future is here, it’s a Lexus, and it’s highly deconstructed!


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