Lexus hints at small crossover with UX concept
Lexus, exploring plans for another crossover, revealed a muscular looking crossover concept -- the UX -- prior to its world debut on Sept. 29 at the Paris auto show.
Expected to be subcompact in size and perhaps share parts with the Toyota C-HR that goes on sale next year, the UX would be slotted as an entry-level Lexus crossover if built.
The company said in a statement that the UX concept was created at its European design center and "takes Lexus’ bold design language to the next level." It was created with "imaginative technologies" as well as an interior with “traditional craftsmanship,” the company said.
The rendering Lexus shared on Thursday shows two large tailpipes openings out back -- suggesting a traditional engine or perhaps a version of the hybrid that the C-HR is getting -- and cameras in place of side mirrors. The bulging fenders and high tail suggest an intensifying of the brand’s more aggressive design language.
The overall look of the four-door model is more like a coupe, given the way the rear doors disappear into the sheet metal. The C-HR, which stands for "Coupe – High Rider" in Toyota lingo, slots below the RAV4 that shares its platform with the Lexus NX.
Lexus is thought to be interested in a small crossover for the global market. The company said the UX's unique identity "is meant to appeal to a progressive, urban audience living in a connected environment."
Lexus said its other offerings at the Paris show will include the refreshed IS sport sedan in its European premiere, the NX Sport Edition and the new LC flagship coupe.