A DRAMATIC
VISION

The Lexus UX Concept, revealed at the 2016 Paris motor show, is a new
variety of four-seater SUV that represents the next step in our design
journey and a redefinition of the driving experience.
A powerful reinterpretation of Lexus design signatures, the UX Concept
reflects our determination that each of model should have a unique,
stand-alone character with a strong concept behind it.
The innovative exterior design of the UX Concept contrasts the almost
brutal appearance and real 4x4 presence of an off-roader with a low ground
clearance and a coupe-like driving position.
Its radical interior embodies imaginative, forward-thinking technologies
that provide occupants with a fully immersive experience generated through
cockpit ergonomics that flow from the driver's body.

  • IMAGINATIVE TECHNOLOGY

    At the heart of the UX's design lies a futuristic, 'inside-out' concept which creates a strong synergy between exterior and interior styling with a unique 'see-through' A-pillar serving to blur the boundaries between the exterior and interior.

    On board, the cabin offers two different perceptions of luxury in one volume.
    The front represents agile sophistication and driver engagement while the rear - styled as a welcoming, soft lounge sofa - offers comfort and spaciousness. Both are linked by a central axis console element which floats the full length of the cabin.

    'Deconstruction' is a key design principle employed in the new Lexus UX Concept, 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 and reinforcing the mystery of the 'inside-out' approach.
    This particularly Japanese approach to design suggests that to create a fixed point, you merely have to indicate its notional 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 the Lexus L-finesse design philosophy.

    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, three-dimensional driver experience.

  • The highly three-dimensional feel of the instrumentation is a further example of the radical, deconstruction techniques used in the UX Concept, with the in-and-out flow of the meters - near for air-conditioning, far for navigation - making the cabin space feel larger.

    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.

    The UX Concept also features the first design execution of a breakthrough seat technology, the Kinetic Seat Concept, designed by Lexus in response to a re-evaluation of the principles of car-seat occupancy.

    The latest advanced in-vehicle electrical technologies are also on display in the new UX Concept. It features self-dimming windows and door mirrors are replaced by e-mirror camera housings, which display their images on internal screens.

    All switchgear is touch-sensitive, and housed under transparent covers. And the front passenger, who has a different experience of the deconstructed instrument panel to that of the driver, has a separate centre display track-pad control built into the door armrest panel.

    Combined with innovative, three-dimensional HMI technology, this design approach creates a uniquely immersive driving experience.

Footnotes

All images and descriptions depict an overseas concept vehicle not available for purchase.