Lexus LF-NX Concept Revealed With Hybrid Drivetrain

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Lexus revealed final details on its LF-NX premium crossover concept today during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

While photos and cursory details surrounding the concept were released before the show, key information about a new hybrid powertrain remained announced. Now the Japanese luxury brand has said the concept uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine with a powerful electric motor.

Unfortunately, the company is still being cagey with output data on the gas and electric propulsion combination, but it says the system is designed to offer performance on par with traditional gasoline products, including off-road capability. Because of that, the LF-NX concept also wears a chrome-finished underbody panel.

The same hybrid system can be found in the ES300h, and in that case it makes 200 hp and returns an EPA-rated 40 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway.

“We intend to take advantage of the growing compact crossover SUV segment and expand our SUV line-up in the future,” said Mark Templin, executive vice president, Lexus International. “The new LF -NX concept explores the potential for a compact crossover within the Lexus model range. This concept is youthful, confident and innovative. It features a new bold look that gives an insight into the future evolution of the Lexus L-finesse design language.”

The dramatic-looking concept is based on Lexus’ current design language with key brand elements including the spindle grille and sharp lines that already accompany it on current products. It takes that style several steps farther with more pronounced creases and lines in the sheet metal.

Rumored to be called the NX in production form, the vehicle will share DNA with the Toyota RAV4 when it is actually built. That plan is particularly evident in the rear end of the LF-NX, where the haunches share their shape with the new version of that crossover.

Of course, Lexus will be hard at work to hide much of the RAV4’s characteristics in an effort to market the vehicle to premium vehicle buyers. While much of the more extreme design elements are likely to melt away, the brand’s striking headlight design is one area where style changes are likely to be minimal.

Note: Lexus released information about the crossover before physically unveiling the concept. Live photos from the Frankfurt show floor will follow early Tuesday morning.

GALLERY: Lexus LF-NX Concept Live Photos

GALLERY: Lexus LF-NX Concept Official Photos

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Luke Vandezande
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