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Lexus Unveiled UX Concept in Paris, Showcasing its Future Compact SUV

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Press Release : Lexus UX Concept Made Global Debut in Paris

Showing the future direction for its compact SUV, Lexus unveiled the UX Concept at the at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Looking like a new variety of four-seater crossover, the Lexus UX concept has a coupe-like driving position with low ground clearance, underpinning the dynamic performance. Its design is based on the “inside-out” concept which creates a strong synergy between exterior and interior styling.

2016 Lexus UX Concept

At the heart of the design lies a futuristic, “inside-out” concept which creates a strong synergy between exterior and interior styling. In top view, this is most strongly represented by an X-shaped movement in the architecture from the cabin outwards and vice-versa.

In the front, the car’s fenders flow seamlessly into the cabin to form housings for e-mirror screens showing the image from door-mounted, rear-facing cameras. The dashboard top sits lower than these screens to combine a deconstructed look with excellent forward visibility. To the rear, the bodywork again flows into the cabin, forming the main structure of the rear-seat headrests.

X-shaped movement from the inside outwards is similarly reinforced through the 4×4 style emphasis of the powerful fenders, with aerodynamically efficient wheel arch cladding adding a further dimension to the design.

The “inside-out” styling theme is further emphasized by the wheel arches, roof bars, and door cameras. They are all finished in the same material, and represent a form of continuous yet interrupted bone structure. For example, the inner skeleton of the vehicle coming into view as the roof bar penetrates the cabin—creating the A pillar structure—and re-emerging as the door camera mounting.

Even the body color has been designed to emphasize the shape of the car. In the absence of character lines, the multi-layered depth of the newly-developed “Immersive Amethyst” paintwork serves to highlight volume changes, giving definition to the sculpture and expressing the car as a volume rather than simply a line-oriented design.

The “inside-out” concept is not merely reflected in the overall architecture of the design, but also in numerous exterior and interior details throughout the vehicle, many of which represent a more challenging interpretation of several Lexus design signatures.

2016 Lexus UX Concept L-shaped Daytime Running Lights

The L-shaped Daytime Running Lights (DRL) are now positioned to pierce the main lamps, and the rear lamp design is now more three-dimensional and integrated within the rear spoiler. Together, the front and rear lamps create a strong horizontal axis through the vehicle body. In an evolution of the DRL principle, light fibers spanning the air vents at the front bumper’s edges are a similar design to the grille pattern. The mesh pattern of the grille itself spreads radially outwards from the logo and is picked up by the adjacent light fibers, emphasizing the width of the car and giving it an even stronger road presence.

2016 Lexus UX Concept Tire and Rim

Even the unique tires blur the accepted boundaries of materials and continue the “inside-out” theme. The tire design is created using a hi-tech laser carving processes to express two unique aspects. The dynamic tread pattern maximizes road contact for grip, while the side wall emphasizes a crossover feel through unique sections and seamless integration with the wheel design. A section of the wheel continues into the rubber, making the spokes a visual joint between different sections of tire; the result is the appearance of the wheel and tire as one, rather than separate elements.


Lexus UX Concept interior

A unique, “see-through” A pillar serves to blur the boundaries between the exterior and interior. While the creation of a fully-transparent polycarbonate A pillar is feasible, the UX Concept communicates the message of transparency through the use of polycarbonate fins attached to an aluminum member.

Signaled by the sharp, aggressive front and softer, more welcoming rear fender exterior treatments, the cabin of the UX offers two different perceptions of luxury.
The front represents agile sophistication and driver engagement, the rear—styled as a welcoming, soft lounge sofa which wraps around into the hinged back doors—the comfort and spaciousness of a robust SUV. Linked both by a central axis console element which floats the full length of the cabin and the visual transparency of a unique front-seat design, interior space differences are further reinforced by color scheme. The front cabin is dark, to communicate a premium, driver-focused environment, while the back of the car is light and far brighter to create an attractive, welcoming space.


Lexus UX Concept Desconstructed Interior

“Deconstruction” is a second key design principle employed in the Lexus UX Concept. This is most powerfully represented in the front of the cabin where, in place of a conventional dashboard, sharp, angular forms overlap and flow past each other to create a strong interplay of shadows and contrasts, making it difficult to identify where they begin or end.

This particularly Japanese approach to design suggests that, to create a fixed point, you merely have to indicate its hypothetical position with converging lines and the brain fills in the gaps to create that point in the mind. Such “indirect expression”—the premise that you don’t actually need to be able to see something to understand it is there—lies at the heart of Lexus’ L-finesse design philosophy.

Within this unique, deconstructed interior, a strong “seat in control” principle remains a Lexus brand signature. And the front passenger area was deliberately not prioritized in order to emphasize the driver’s control of the environment.
A development of Lexus’ dual-zone instrumentation approach, all on-board HMI technology has been designed to offer progressive customers who live and work in an ever-connected environment an innovative and three-dimensional driver experience.
The upper display, for example, is projected in such a way that it appears at a far-distance, for ease of viewing when driving. The driver’s instrument binnacle houses a transparent globe, floating in the manner of a hologram, in which a combination of analogue and digital information express a functional yet unexpected user interface. And the center console houses a prominent, facetted crystal structure within which a hologram-style display of air conditioning and infotainment system is clearly visible to both driver and front passenger.

The latest advanced in-vehicle electrical technologies are also on display in the new Lexus UX Concept. It features electro-chromatic windows, and the door mirrors are replaced by e-mirror camera housings far slimmer than conventional mirror housing.
Left and right e-mirror images are displayed on internal screens, the integration of which—rather than serving as a mere detail—contributes to the entire “inside-out” architecture of the dashboard design. All switchgear is electrostatic, and housed under transparent covers. The front passenger, who has a different experience of the instrument panel to that of the driver, has a separate center display track pad control built into the door armrest panel.
As a final touch, the fin motif used on the A pillar is repeated on the dashboard to provide a new audio experience for the next-generation Lexus customer: a removable sound bar built into the passenger side of the dashboard.

In a new departure for Lexus’ Human Machine Interface (HMI) concept, the ergonomics of the cockpit area flow from the driver’s body, via the seat, up to the steering wheel, rather than from a traditional dashboard layout. Combined with innovative, three-dimensional HMI technology, this design approach creates a uniquely immersive driving experience.

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