A bold experiment in design
Lexus has unveiled its dynamic LF-SA Concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The concept, which was designed by Lexus' Europe-based design studio ED2, is an ultra-compact, sub-B segment, urban 2+2, and captures Lexus' passion for upcoming design trends in a bold and emotional execution. ED2 designers were challenged to develop the concept to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first Lexus, the groundbreaking LS 400 sedan, in 2014.
The styling of the LF-SA represents a bold interpretation of Lexus' L-Finesse design philosophy, while also being very much a driver-focused vehicle. It features the ultimate in on-board connectivity, infotainment and safety. The colour scheme, meanwhile, reflects the vehicle's spirt of adventure, with the Stellar silver exterior finish referencing space exploration and the interior inspired by the spectacle of solar eclipse.
A surprising sense of space
The LF-SA Concept boasts a surprisingly spacious interior despite its highly-compact exterior dimensions. The sweeping dashboard design reinforces the width of the cabin, while the 2+2 cabin layout gives clear priority to the driver. The driver's seat is fixed, and the steering wheel and pedals are adjustable, bringing the vehicle to the driver, rather than vice versa. The front passenger seat, on the other hand, is slideable, giving access to the rear seating
This duality of function which gives precedence to the driver is reinforced by an interior design that uses space, materials and volume to create two clearly-discernible, overlapping elliptical areas within the cabin.
The infotainment system includes a hologram-style digital display incorporated in the instrument binnacle and a wide-angle Head-Up-Display.
The end result of this experiment in design is a truly unique, driver-focused vehicle which reflects Lexus' vision that, in a world increasingly influenced by technology and virtual experiences, real experience remains the ultimate luxury.
Rugged, confident exterior styling
The LF-SA's styling is both rugged and confident, with its highly-sculpted surfacing reflecting a more challenging and avant garde, 'time in design' styling approach in which perceptions of the vehicle change when viewed from different angles. Its compact packaging points to the manoeuvrability and agility essential for a true city car.
The LF-SA's angular pattern radiates from the central Lexus logo; the spindle grille develops from a two dimensional graphic into a powerful, three dimensional form. This strongly influences the front fenders and side bodywork and reinforces the concept's wide, firmly planted stance. The design also offers a strong sense of dynamism and forward motion.