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The LF-NX's design is definitely... interesting

We reported last week that Toyota is looking to add 15 new hybrids models by 2015, with the next generation Prius being the high-profile launch. The next generation Prius is rumored to reach for a 60 mpg EPA rating, which is 10 mpg better than the third-generation model.
Today, however, Toyota's Lexus luxury division has pulled the wraps off it next hybrid model. The LF-NX concept gives us a glimpse at what to expect when the company's production NX 300h hybrid goes into production. The NX 300h is a compact crossover utility vehicle that will slot under the current RX 450h.

The LF-NX (and hence the production NX 300h) is based on the 2013 Toyota RAV4 and is expected to use the same powertrain as the ES 300h sedan. That means we can expect to see a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) system to generate roughly 200 combined horsepower.
The ES 300h is rated for 40 mpg EPA combined, but the more aerodynamically challenged NX 300h will most likely be rated far lower.

Speaking of styling, we don’t know where to begin with the LF-NX concept. The vehicle continues the use of the new “spindle” grille, which enthusiasts liken to the Predator’s gaping maw. And the overall exterior has a certain Transformers vibe to it.
We’re certain that Lexus will tone down the styling for the production, but the overall shape and greenhouse will likely transfer over to the NX 300h.

Source: Lexus

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Very pretty
By Monkey's Uncle on 9/4/2013 10:57:15 AM , Rating: 3
But we will never see one of these on the road.
The production car would look rather pedestrian in comparison (more like an RX400H).

RE: Very pretty
By freedom4556 on 9/4/2013 12:26:07 PM , Rating: 2
I was just thinking how it looked awful; as if somebody went after the clay model of the car with a butter knife acting like a samurai. It is different, I'll give you that.

RE: Very pretty
By yik3000 on 9/4/2013 1:08:08 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you! exactly my thought.

RE: Very pretty
By Adonlude on 9/5/2013 2:59:43 PM , Rating: 2
Is this car a character in the upcoming Transformers 4?

RE: Very pretty
By chripuck on 9/6/2013 11:10:23 AM , Rating: 2
I disagree, other than the odd front grill I think it's quite striking. I'd buy one, even with that front grill. There's nothing quite as awful as buying a car and having a half dozen other models on the road look just like yours. Of course I'm a car guy that would never buy a Camry or Accord...

RE: Very pretty
By exeedorbit on 9/4/2013 12:44:40 PM , Rating: 2
In my opinion, it has too many lines. It just feels overdone, and crowded. If those lines are to stay on the production model, I would sure hope for a much more subtle touch. Also, 200 HP...

RE: Very pretty
By inperfectdarkness on 9/5/2013 1:35:12 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Every concept car in the last 70 years has fallen into one of two categories: those which are only marginally removed from production run vehicles...and those which will never see the light of day. This one clearly falls into the latter category.

Sadly, the world is overrun by mundane looking forms of automotive transportation because the MFG's are not willing to produce "radical" designs. Otherwise...the 2003 HSC concept might have made it into production. Same with the ME4-12. Same with the M1 concept. Yes, these are all "halo" cars...but the point being that if the design of one sells well, then it can be the prototype for the rest of the lineup. It worked with Cadillac. It's how Chevy has done it for years. Sure, the "halo" end is pricy to manufacture, but it's a lot less risky than gambling on the bread & butter production run of minivans/sedans.

Good to know...
By One43637 on 9/4/2013 11:33:48 AM , Rating: 2
there are other options. Was looking at a X3, but was put off by the anecdotal electrical gremlins I keep hearing about on German cars.

The Acura RDX, from memory, had horrible gas mileage when I considered it, but the turbo was quite nice. Hopefully this Lexus CUV comes out sooner rather than later.

RE: Good to know...
By Brandon Hill on 9/4/2013 11:46:36 AM , Rating: 2
The second gen RDX comes only with a V6 and is more fuel efficient

RE: Good to know...
By One43637 on 9/5/2013 1:22:46 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the heads up! Went to price one up and was dismayed to see that tan was the only interior color of pearl white. Gah! Bad Honda!

looks like...
By Captain Awesome on 9/4/2013 12:23:47 PM , Rating: 2
It looks like it should be a Transformer, but would it be an autobot or a decepticon?

If it shoots lasers I'm buying one...

RE: looks like...
By Brandon Hill on 9/4/2013 12:28:09 PM , Rating: 2
Decepticon for sure!

Still waiting
By Nutzo on 9/4/2013 12:43:58 PM , Rating: 2
Still waiting for a RAV 4 Hybrid.
The costs of a Lexus is more than I'm willing to pay for a car.

like it but
By ERROR666 on 9/4/2013 2:49:53 PM , Rating: 2
I actually like the way it looks. It's almost like they tried to design infiniti FX using only a ruler.
But being toyota they'll manage to turn it into the same old plain looking boring junk.

By boeush on 9/4/2013 4:16:50 PM , Rating: 2
Are those little itsy thingies, actually supposed to be mirrors?? LMAO

The overall body shape seems to be an exercise in: "how could we possibly maximize the air drag coefficient on this thing, just in case the brakes fail?"

And the "greenhouse" -- what's the point of even having windows, if they're going to keep on asymptotically approaching the dimensions of portholes? Might as well dispense with windows altogether: after all, good visibility isn't really a prerequisite for driving, or anything....

Oh dear...
By Landiepete on 9/5/2013 1:42:36 AM , Rating: 2
The Farce is strong in this one (asthmatic breathing ensues...)

By Richard875yh5 on 9/6/2013 9:42:29 AM , Rating: 2
The ugliest car I've ever seen.

By Richard875yh5 on 9/9/2013 8:54:58 AM , Rating: 2
It's too bad they didn't show us a picture of one that has not been wreck. What an ugly ugly car!

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