Lexus Designer: “LF-NX is a Lightweight Fighter”

Lexus LF-NX Feature in Beyond Magazine

The second issue of Lexus’ BEYOND Magazine will soon be published, and the Lexus International website has a preview of the feature LF-NX story:

“To use boxing terminology, the LF-NX is a lightweight fighter,” says designer Nobuyuki Tomatsu when asked to describe the latest Lexus concept car, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. “While cutting his weight down to the bare minimum required, he has developed muscles essential for competing at the top of his game.”

The LF-NX’s exterior styling is full of aggressive lines, muscular motifs and bold forms—innovative design elements it’s taken Tomatsu and a talented group of Lexus designers a significant amount of time to perfect. Using a 1:1 scale model, the team worked hard to refine the vehicle to its optimum form. “We tried every conceivable idea to sharpen its overall look as much as possible,” Tomatsu explains, “so you wouldn’t see even an ounce of ‘fat’ on the resultant shape.”

In all my years covering Lexus, I can’t think of another concept more polarizing than the LF-NX — it was like a full shock to the system. Looking forward to seeing it in person at next week’s Tokyo Motor Show.

Read the full BEYOND story about the LF-NX