One of the most talked-about Frankfurt Motor Show concepts is back in action at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show with a turbocharged engine: the Lexus LF-NX. With a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder under the hood, the Lexus LF-NX Turbo looks no less bold under the auto show lights in Tokyo.
With the LF-NX concept, Lexus finally acknowledges the possibility that having a compact crossover underneath the wildly successful RX might be a good idea. Designed to provoke, the LF-NX Turbo's front grille is a very bold application of the brand's spindle grille, with a dynamic cross-hatch pattern that changes in size as it approaches the lower front bumper. Seen at the Tokyo Motor Show, we also get a closer look at the concept's vertical, triangular exhaust outlets, a detail that's likely to be left behind once the crossover heads to production.
The LF-NX Turbo concept is intentionally over the top, and that theme continues to the rear three-quarter view. The taillight appears to stretch toward the rear doors, even extending a bit over the gas filler door. The Tokyo version of the LF-NX has two-tone wheels we hope will make it in some form to the production-spec Lexus NX crossover. The dark accents could attract a younger customer than the RX does currently.
Before the Lexus NX arrives, the automaker has previewed the crossover with hybrid and now turbocharged variants. Now that you've seen the Lexus LF-NX Turbo concept again, tell us -- has your opinion on the car's design changed?
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