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Lexus Downsizes with New UX SUV Concept

High-tech ute abandons conventional mirrors, offers hologram-style gauges.

by on Sep.29, 2016

The styling renaissance continues at Lexus with the debut of the UX Concept.

Long known for its staid and unexciting designs, Lexus has been pushing the styling envelope during the last several years, and the new UX crossover-utility vehicle making its public debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show is no exception.

The ute, which is already triggering a fair bit of controversy, offers a more downsized option than what’s available in the current Lexus line-up, something that could play well in Europe, in particular. That’s reflected by the fact that the concept vehicle was designed at ED2, the brand’s design studio in the South of France.

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“The biggest challenge for any designer is always to create something new and original, yet with relevance to both the customer and the brand. Overall, this is a product which gives another hint of the potential for Lexus’ design approach to satisfy those criteria,” said Simon Humphries, the president of ED2. (more…)

First Look: Lexus LF-CC Concept

Can passion and hybrids co-exist?

by on Sep.27, 2012

The Lexus LF-CC Concept appears to be very, very close to production-ready.

Lexus has been dropping a number of surprises in recent months – all meant to demonstrate that it’s serious about pumping more “passion” into the brand.

The latest effort, the LF-CC Concept, may be the most aggressive example of that to date, taking the maker’s L Finesse design language to new extremes — with a bold new iteration of the Lexus spindle grille that has become the symbol of the brand’s new direction.

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Likely to return in production form, the Lexus LF-CC is making its formal debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show.  And it also emphasizes that the Japanese brand’s love affair with hybrid technology isn’t cooling down.

The brand’s U.S. boss, Mark Templin, told TheDetroitBureau.com last month that by mid-decadeLexus will have eight, possibly even nine, gas-electric offerings in its line-up.

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First Look: Lex LF-CC Concept

Premium midsize coupe prototype to debut in Paris.

by on Sep.17, 2012

The Lexus LF-CC offers a hint of a future premium midsize coupe hybrid to come from Lexus.

Lexus will unveil an all-new hybrid sports coupe at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, a rear-drive 2+2 that may offer some hints of the additional models the maker plans to add to its luxury line-up.

The Lexus LF-CC will target the premium midsize coupe segment, the Toyota luxury brand reveals. And as these initial images underscore, the new concept model will lift some of its key design cues from the well-reviewed Lexus LF-LC supercar concept that was introduced at the Detroit Motor Show last January.

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Lexus “is absolutely dedicated to hybrids,” the brand’s U.S. boss, Mark Templin, stressed in an interview with TheDetroitBureau.com last month.  By mid-decade, he promised, the brand will have eight, possibly even nine, gas-electric offerings in its line-up. Some of those will be dedicated models, like the HS 250h. Others will be hybrid options, such as the LS 600h package offered on the maker’s newly updated flagship sedan. A hybrid supercar is very much under consideration, hinted Templin.

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