Lexus LF-NX


As press pictures of the LF-NX have been released before the offical launch at the Frankfurt Motorshow there has been a lot of controversy and even uproar about the LF-NX in the media.  On first sight, the LF-NX appears vey confident, absolutely radical and even brutal.  Bizarrely, the compact proportions really seem to work on a package that seems to be similar to the Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q3.  The overall design is an evolution of the L-finesse design language with a VERY large, and almost comical, three-dimensional spindle grille and an extensive use of angular surfaces.

The rear view seems to be particularly successful as the rear light detail manages to combine the rear wheel arch and bonnet in a very extreme, yet brave way which helps giving the concept a very good stance by creating a triangular shape in the middle of the rear.  The triangular shape is used (too) intensively all over the body of the LF-NX which gives the concept a lot of forward dynamism.  However, such a radical and brutal design language has its flaws and from certain angles, the LF-NX really looks unbalanced and unnerving.  Visually, the rear wheel arch seems to be lower than the front wheel arch, which slows the overall flow of the design way down. 

Notably the plain triangular shape at the end of the sill line towards the rear wheel really adds to the stop of the overall flow as it looks stuck-on and not considered at all.  Another factor is the bonnet line which dramatically drops down at a certain point and again stops the overall dynamic essence of the LF-NX and creates some really odd corners in perspective - making it difficult to even photograph!

The interior looks much more balanced, although conventional when compared to the exterior, with a very strong center console which rests heavily like a block within the dashboard.  There is a very interesting mix of softness and sharpness within the interior reminiscent perhaps of transformers robotic yet human attributes.  Bold shapes give the interior a very tidy appearance and the mild orange leather really works in contrast to the extensive use of aluminium and grey leather.  Finally it can be said that the LF-NX is a very brave, unconventional, concept car with good proportions and some very intersting details and one must take into account that it was not launched in Tokyo but inside the heart of the German automotive industry to send a signal to its German rivals – well done Lexus.