Lexus UX concept interior revealed ahead of Paris
New SUV concept previews Lexus’s future design and technology direction; sources say it’ll kill off the Ct200h
The concept will showcase the design direction for the car maker’s future models, including a new compact SUV that’ll replace the CT200h.
The SUV has been designed by Lexus’s European design centre, ED2, and outside it flaunts muscular wheel arches with sharp, angular lines strewn across its five-door body.
The two rear doors curve out with the swollen wheel arches, and it looks as though the door handles are all housed in the car’s middle (shown below). This implies that the back doors are rear-hinged to open in a ‘suicide’ fashion.
At the back, there’s a coupé-like roofline and sharp tail-lights with what appear to be LED internals. The overall body looks smaller than those of the Lexus NX and RX, supporting information from sources that the model previews a production car that’ll replace the CT200h.
Mounted on the front of the doors are rear-facing cameras. Lexus has said the car features “imaginative technologies for an immersive driver experience”, and that the interior mixes traditional craftsmanship with high-tech manufacturing techniques. The latest image confirms the concept gets dual-screen infotainment, a wraparound dash and rear view camera screens.
There also appear to be steering-wheel mounted shift paddles and gear selector buttons on the centre console, suggesting this model features a combustion engine of some sort. A pair of rear tailpipe surrounds add weight to this suggestion, but given recent trends in the motor industry, it seems highly likely the concept will also use some kind of electrified power.
More information will be revealed at the Paris motor show on 29 September.