Last week, Lexus gave us a sneak preview of its upcoming compact SUV, the UX or Urban Explorer. Now, the first-ever Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle of its kind makes its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.
A close look at the exterior reveals a bold and stylish number tht is more akin to a hatchback than an outright off-road capable SUV. Its 4,495mm long, 1,840mm wide, and 1,520mm tall body with a 2,640mm wheelbase promise easy maneuverability without sacrificing interior space.
It’s typical Lexus styling, this time with bold details such as the slim headlights and taillights, flared wings, and sleek overall profile. And of course, the trademark spindle grille up front gives the SUV the family identity.
But unlike the usual vehicles we have on the road, the Lexus UX utilizes a new concept that takes its cue from a traditional Japanese concept that blends the outside with the inside world. The hood of the vehicle, for instance, seems to connect seamlessly with the instrument panel inside the vehicle—and vice-versa. When sitting inside, the driver’s field of vision is increased, helping him or her know the size of the vehicle more easily.
In line with this, the interior has been designed with a more human-centered approach. The placement of controls, for instance, is made easier to understand and operate. The driver’s side only has all the necessary instruments and controls to avoid any distractions. And of course, appearance and textures of touch points and things that can be seen are made in such a way that they are truly relaxing and inviting.
These surfaces include the seats that are upholstered in sashiko-like leather—a quilting technique used for Judo and Kendo martial arts uniforms. Then there is the grain used on the dash and other trim pieces that takes inspiration form washi, which is a woodgrain usually seen in traditional Japanese homes.