Frankfurt LIVE: Lexus LF-NX concept

The LF-NX concept previews a production-bound compact crossover.

Toyota's Lexus division has lifted the veil off of the LF-NX concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The LF-NX previews a production-bound compact crossover that will land in showrooms in a couple of years.

More chiseled than any new vehicle since the limited-edition Lamborghini Veneno, the LF-NX's body is defined by an extra-large version of Lexus' trademarked spindle grille, arrow-shaped LED daytime running lights, pronounced wheel arches protected by plastic trim and muscular flanks. The sculpted styling continues out back with sharp tail lamps, a short rear window and a big air diffuser integrated into the bumper.

The futuristic cockpit offers zigzag trim on the center console, an instrument cluster consisting of two analog gauges and a thin-film transistor (TFT) screen, a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel and a touch screen that lets passengers control the infotainment system. Blue and orange trim provide a sharp contrast with the sinister-looking exterior.

Technical details are not available but Lexus promises the crossover is powered by a brand-new performance-tuned variant of its Hybrid Drive technology.

Look for the Lexus LF-NX to make production in either 2015 or 2016.

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