Lexus UX: First Generation

Lexus UX Rear Light Bar to Become “New Lexus Signature Feature”

Lexus UX Light Bar

Expect to see the continuous light bar from the Lexus UX crossover on other models in the future — so says the Lexus UK blog:

The rear combination lamps are particularly eye-catching in that they protrude from the body to become functional aerodynamic devices. These curved fins help prevent airflow from wrapping around the rear of the vehicle and keep the whole car stable when driving in crosswinds and cornering.

What’s more, the right and left units are connected by a continuous line of light across the back door – a design that is set to become a new Lexus signature feature. In this case it is formed by a sequence of 120 LEDs that taper gently toward the centre, measuring just three millimetres thick at its narrowest point.

The original UX concept from 2016 foretold this design direction, and it was further advanced by this year’s LF-1 Limitless concept. Despite the usage of the “lightbar” trend across the automotive industry, the Lexus implementation works well and should fit across the SUV lineup at the very least.

What’s your take? Yes or no to the Lexus lightbar?

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  • March 22, 2018
Functional and attractive ... especially like the tapering toward the center. We dubbed the front grille "spindle" ... what shall we dub these?
Looks good, enhances width.
It is not really new, see the Audi A8 (OLED !) and a concept car of Porsche (Mission E) ...
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...How do you qualify "signature"? : unamused:
These just something about this design of this car that don't gell. Lexus started their design with a very good concept of L-finess today they took the L-finess and messed it with all these bulging curves. Spindle grill contridict L-finess. Though lexus cars now are identifiable they have lost their road presence. The spindle grill does not make these cars sexy or pretty but more identifiaide, it not worth it. Secondly lexus have not till this day found a way to make the spindle grill into something we love, adore, admire and respect. The spindle grill on a camry works, lexus should also not stop and keep looking for something that works. This grill needs to be cut into half like in the Camry
Axel
These just something about this design of this car that don't gell. Lexus started their design with a very good concept of L-finess today they took the L-finess and messed it with all these bulging curves. Spindle grill contridict L-finess. Though lexus cars now are identifiable they have lost their road presence. The spindle grill does not make these cars sexy or pretty but more identifiaide, it not worth it. Secondly lexus have not till this day found a way to make the spindle grill into something we love, adore, admire and respect. The spindle grill on a camry works, lexus should also not stop and keep looking for something that works. This grill needs to be cut into half like in the Camry
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This isn't "sexy or pretty" to you?
Will the signature detail be that the light signature is actually continuous, unlike all other designs where there are visible gaps at the edges of the trunks? I was not there at Geneve, so I didn't see it in person. Can someone else confirm this?

Otherwise, it is just a modern design feature like the floating C-pillar, solid LED strips, animated turn signals, etc.
Gecko
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This isn't "sexy or pretty" to you?
It is sexy and pretty but here too spindle grill takes from the looks rather then enhance the looks
@Gecko

You forgot the Lexus LS+ concept which appeared in Tokyo previous year

@Gecko has a point, the horizontal taillight bar seems to be a new "signature design" for Lincoln, Audi and Porsche. Will there be enough room for Lexus to join them without looking like they just joined the bandwagon?
R
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  • March 22, 2018
maiaramdan
@Gecko

You forgot the Lexus LS+ concept which appeared in Tokyo previous year

It is my hunch ... they consider the 'winglet upturns' that correlate with the L motif to be signature.
Axel
It is sexy and pretty but here too spindle grill takes from the looks rather then enhance the looks
Axel
These just something about this design of this car that don't gell. Lexus started their design with a very good concept of L-finess today they took the L-finess and messed it with all these bulging curves. Spindle grill contridict L-finess. Though lexus cars now are identifiable they have lost their road presence. The spindle grill does not make these cars sexy or pretty but more identifiaide, it not worth it. Secondly lexus have not till this day found a way to make the spindle grill into something we love, adore, admire and respect. The spindle grill on a camry works, lexus should also not stop and keep looking for something that works. This grill needs to be cut into half like in the Camry
Yeah, uh huh. You do realize that sales shot through the roof because of the L-Finesse design language and the introduction of the spindle grille? Clearly it is getting sales and it is clear that people are responding to Lexus as a whole. Just do a little digging in the web, and you'll see.

Lexus has become an aspirational brand. Lexus cars are and feel special (except the ES and NX damn it :mad:). Just when you think you cannot sell enough RX's in the past generation, with the introduction of the spindle grille I see way too many of these.
Good examples shown, and some are done better than others (including UX, 911, A8, A7)
F1 Silver Arrows
Yeah, uh huh. You do realize that sales shot through the roof because of the L-Finesse design language and the introduction of the spindle grille? Clearly it is getting sales and it is clear that people are responding to Lexus as a whole. Just do a little digging in the web, and you'll see.

Lexus has become an aspirational brand. Lexus cars are and feel special (except the ES and NX :mad:). Just when you think you cannot sell enough RX's in the past generation, with the introduction of the spindle grille I see way too many of these.
F-Sport sales speak for themselves, people like the more aggressive look. Although its fine, many people only see the world through their own lens, few people can look from a market and business perspective.
I like the implementation in both Avalon and more wild one in UX... maybe in some other car, I will have different opinion.

To me it feels like replacement for their chromed pieces at the back, that they have used for a long time in many of their luxury vehicles, connecting tails/trunk.
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...How do you qualify "signature"? : unamused:
I agree, I expected something different.

While I understand the need to follow this design trend, I think the Lexus designer must go searchin something else.
Gecko
...How do you qualify "signature"? : unamused:
Gecko
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This isn't "sexy or pretty" to you?
Absolutely! And I had a look at the new LS “in the flesh” this week and although maybe not as nice as the LC, it too is gorgeous.
Gecko
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This isn't "sexy or pretty" to you?
I agree this spindle grille is crazy needs to be toned down drastically - especially the slatted variety on the RX looks ridiculous to my mind. The slatted grille should just be scrapped altogether at least te mesh looks a little better but agree Lexus need to do better than this.
CrisB
I agree, I expected something different.

While I understand the need to follow this design trend, I think the Lexus designer must go searchin something else.
I believe this type of taillight will eventually make its way to all vehicles -- there's a functional safety component to it as well with improved brake visibility. I don't know if it's a fad as much as an evolution.
krew
I believe this type of taillight will eventually make its way to all vehicles -- there's a functional safety component to it as well with improved brake visibility. I don't know if it's a fad as much as an evolution.
I agree, it will be successor to the synonymous chrome rear line and honestly I also like it in both UX & Avalon
the full rear light bar is absolutley trending on alot of cars. seems like the first time i saw it in recent memory was on the second gen dodge charger IIRC. i never noticed just how many vehicles had adapted this until recently. personally, i like it. and whats really interesting is that on the UX, at some angles, it appears almost as a 21st century tail fin, which i think is great!
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  • March 23, 2018
As always, I think seeing this taillight display in real life will win over some who are disappointed.
Notice the unique detail how the display appears to 'slice' into the rear deck ...

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krew
I believe this type of taillight will eventually make its way to all vehicles -- there's a functional safety component to it as well with improved brake visibility. I don't know if it's a fad as much as an evolution.

It is not a new trend, but a revival of an already old style very used in the '90s, buy all brands all over the world.


















I don't recall older cars, American ones and so, but it is nothing new. It is also one of the reason I dislike fashion and trends, because they sell old ideas as 'latest innovation'. More then that, when all try to be different by following the latest trend, they all end up looking the same.

Even Mercedes-Benz with their 'trendy' BEVs:


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Agree with essentially all the comments on the rear light bar.

I think it's more a styling trend as we see how common it is (or will be) from several manufacturers and as such, it is not a unique Lexus design element like the spindle grille and to support that, I doubt Lexus trademarked the rear lightbar as they did the spindle.

On a related note, Toyota needs to stay away from mimicking the Lexus front-end and keep both brands separate and distinct; not like what Hyundai Corp has done to Genesis! As car enthusiasts we can tell, but 95% of the population won't notice the difference between a 20K Hyundai and a 50K Genesis. :eek:



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Car designers all go to the same school and they all follow the same trends.. maybe flip up headlights are next :)
mikeavelli
Car designers all go to the same school and they all follow the same trends.. maybe flip up headlights are next :)
Unfortunately they won't make a comeback. The reason why they stopped production of cars with flip-up headlights is due to poor results in crash testing.
Crash testing? That's the last thing I would've expected to be problematic with flip-up headlights. Got any details?
Flip up lights and pedestrian/bike safety might be a prob...
Ian Schmidt
Crash testing? That's the last thing I would've expected to be problematic with flip-up headlights. Got any details?
Restrictions for pedestrian protection seems to be the culprit: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/..._why_the_hidden_headlamp_has_disappeared.html

That, and the horrible aero they cause:

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