Lexus UX: First Generation

Giant Cartoon Robots & Japanese Porches Inspired the Lexus UX Crossover Design

Lexus UX Crossover

With every Lexus model, there are specific ideas and themes that help to shape the overall design. For the new UX crossover, two very different concepts influenced its appearance: an anime robot from the 1980s, and a Japanese-style house verdana called Engawa.

The cartoon robot Mazinger Z was a warning sign in the early design stages of the UX, as chief engineer Chika Kako did not want the crossover to resemble the anime legend — from Cool Hunting:

When Chika Kako, the first woman chief engineer at Lexus, saw designs for the brand’s all-new UX subcompact crossover, she thought of childhood days spent watching anime cartoons with her brother. The SUV’s rear lights reminded her of Mazinger Z, a hulking manga robot on the small screen in the late 70’s and early 80’s. It was a good look for an animated character, she thought, but not on the latest addition to the Lexus line-up.

“The original shape was really unnatural-looking,” Kako tells us via a translator at the vehicle’s global launch in Stockholm earlier this month. Once she told the all-male design team to soften the aggressive exterior, they got the message. “Simply by mentioning Mazinger, they understood what I meant.”

Engawa is essentially a porch that surrounds Japanese homes, extending the living space out into the world — from the Robb Report:

Because of the vehicle’s small size, [chief designer] Suga and Kako wanted to give the interior a greater sense of space. To achieve this, they drew inspiration from Japanese architecture. “We have this concept where you use the outside space as a continuation of your environment,” Suga says.

“Japanese houses are very small, but they have large windows, so the mountains and trees and nature outside are like a picture, an extension of your living space.” Kako adds, “One thing I asked for right away was this line that goes from the dashboard and continues to the outside of the fenders,” she says. The result was not only a sense of openness but also a commanding view of the road, despite the vehicle’s relatively low seating position and center of gravity (no top-heaviness here).

Comments
  • Joe
    Joe
  • August 30, 2018
ct200e
As a Lexus Europian Enthusiast and proud owner of a Lexus I am telling that the UX will be the biggest failure in the history of Lexus. A missed opportunity for the company to see the future.
Why a failure or missed opportunity? I don't see any good reason, frankly... :no_mouth:
  • Joe
    Joe
  • August 30, 2018
ct200e
As a Lexus Europian Enthusiast and proud owner of a Lexus I am telling that the UX will be the biggest failure in the history of Lexus. A missed opportunity for the company to see the future.
Why a failure or missed opportunity? I don't see any good reason, frankly... :no_mouth:
  • Joe
    Joe
  • August 30, 2018
ct200e
As a Lexus Europian Enthusiast and proud owner of a Lexus I am telling that the UX will be the biggest failure in the history of Lexus. A missed opportunity for the company to see the future.
Why a failure or missed opportunity? I don't see any good reason, frankly... :no_mouth:
Joe
Why a failure or missed opportunity? I don't see any good reason, frankly... :no_mouth:
he doesnt like a design and wants an EV... both valid subjective opinions.

But Toyota has hit a huge run with relatively expensive C-HR vs competition and it will do the same with UX, imho. As long as it looks good in real life. C-HR also does not look great in 2D, where you dont see the stance, but in real life, I am still turning around when I see them in its 2nd year on the market, and I see more C-HR than Yaris or Auris, let alone any other Toyota's.
Joe
Why a failure or missed opportunity? I don't see any good reason, frankly... :no_mouth:
he doesnt like a design and wants an EV... both valid subjective opinions.

But Toyota has hit a huge run with relatively expensive C-HR vs competition and it will do the same with UX, imho. As long as it looks good in real life. C-HR also does not look great in 2D, where you dont see the stance, but in real life, I am still turning around when I see them in its 2nd year on the market, and I see more C-HR than Yaris or Auris, let alone any other Toyota's.
Joe
Why a failure or missed opportunity? I don't see any good reason, frankly... :no_mouth:
he doesnt like a design and wants an EV... both valid subjective opinions.

But Toyota has hit a huge run with relatively expensive C-HR vs competition and it will do the same with UX, imho. As long as it looks good in real life. C-HR also does not look great in 2D, where you dont see the stance, but in real life, I am still turning around when I see them in its 2nd year on the market, and I see more C-HR than Yaris or Auris, let alone any other Toyota's.
The design tightens up a lot on the Vossen-ized version, and I think the fact that it looks like a hot hatch then is at least partially intentional. That way the same car can be both a mini-CUV and a new CT at the same time depending on if you lower it.
The design tightens up a lot on the Vossen-ized version, and I think the fact that it looks like a hot hatch then is at least partially intentional. That way the same car can be both a mini-CUV and a new CT at the same time depending on if you lower it.
The design tightens up a lot on the Vossen-ized version, and I think the fact that it looks like a hot hatch then is at least partially intentional. That way the same car can be both a mini-CUV and a new CT at the same time depending on if you lower it.
Ian Schmidt
The design tightens up a lot on the Vossen-ized version, and I think the fact that it looks like a hot hatch then is at least partially intentional. That way the same car can be both a mini-CUV and a new CT at the same time depending on if you lower it.
Sounds like Infiniti's game plan with the Q30/QX30, which plays the warm hatch role with the lowered-suspension, no-cladding Sport models and the pseudo-CUV role with the higher-riding, cladding-bedecked "regular/X" models.
Ian Schmidt
The design tightens up a lot on the Vossen-ized version, and I think the fact that it looks like a hot hatch then is at least partially intentional. That way the same car can be both a mini-CUV and a new CT at the same time depending on if you lower it.
Sounds like Infiniti's game plan with the Q30/QX30, which plays the warm hatch role with the lowered-suspension, no-cladding Sport models and the pseudo-CUV role with the higher-riding, cladding-bedecked "regular/X" models.
Ian Schmidt
The design tightens up a lot on the Vossen-ized version, and I think the fact that it looks like a hot hatch then is at least partially intentional. That way the same car can be both a mini-CUV and a new CT at the same time depending on if you lower it.
Sounds like Infiniti's game plan with the Q30/QX30, which plays the warm hatch role with the lowered-suspension, no-cladding Sport models and the pseudo-CUV role with the higher-riding, cladding-bedecked "regular/X" models.
Joaquin Ruhi
Sounds like Infiniti's game plan with the Q30/QX30, which plays the warm hatch role with the lowered-suspension, no-cladding Sport models and the pseudo-CUV role with the higher-riding, cladding-bedecked "regular/X" models.
Right. I think Lexus arguably missed a step in terms of just making the F Sport version the lowered-on-dubs no-cladding "new CT", but I imagine the necessary lowering springs will be easily available from the usual suspects.
Joaquin Ruhi
Sounds like Infiniti's game plan with the Q30/QX30, which plays the warm hatch role with the lowered-suspension, no-cladding Sport models and the pseudo-CUV role with the higher-riding, cladding-bedecked "regular/X" models.
Right. I think Lexus arguably missed a step in terms of just making the F Sport version the lowered-on-dubs no-cladding "new CT", but I imagine the necessary lowering springs will be easily available from the usual suspects.
Joaquin Ruhi
Sounds like Infiniti's game plan with the Q30/QX30, which plays the warm hatch role with the lowered-suspension, no-cladding Sport models and the pseudo-CUV role with the higher-riding, cladding-bedecked "regular/X" models.
Right. I think Lexus arguably missed a step in terms of just making the F Sport version the lowered-on-dubs no-cladding "new CT", but I imagine the necessary lowering springs will be easily available from the usual suspects.
Joaquin Ruhi
Sounds like Infiniti's game plan with the Q30/QX30, which plays the warm hatch role with the lowered-suspension, no-cladding Sport models and the pseudo-CUV role with the higher-riding, cladding-bedecked "regular/X" models.
their plan was complete failure though... so i dont think that is what Lexus will do.
Joaquin Ruhi
Sounds like Infiniti's game plan with the Q30/QX30, which plays the warm hatch role with the lowered-suspension, no-cladding Sport models and the pseudo-CUV role with the higher-riding, cladding-bedecked "regular/X" models.
their plan was complete failure though... so i dont think that is what Lexus will do.
Joaquin Ruhi
Sounds like Infiniti's game plan with the Q30/QX30, which plays the warm hatch role with the lowered-suspension, no-cladding Sport models and the pseudo-CUV role with the higher-riding, cladding-bedecked "regular/X" models.
their plan was complete failure though... so i dont think that is what Lexus will do.
Joaquin Ruhi
Sounds like Infiniti's game plan with the Q30/QX30, which plays the warm hatch role with the lowered-suspension, no-cladding Sport models and the pseudo-CUV role with the higher-riding, cladding-bedecked "regular/X" models.
The QX30 even in sport is still a raised CUV. Its the weirdest thing. What is alarming is sales are off about 50-60% this year, only its second in existence. Not sure if this is an Infiniti issue or the vehicle/market itself. I need to see what the GLA is doing.
Joaquin Ruhi
Sounds like Infiniti's game plan with the Q30/QX30, which plays the warm hatch role with the lowered-suspension, no-cladding Sport models and the pseudo-CUV role with the higher-riding, cladding-bedecked "regular/X" models.
The QX30 even in sport is still a raised CUV. Its the weirdest thing. What is alarming is sales are off about 50-60% this year, only its second in existence. Not sure if this is an Infiniti issue or the vehicle/market itself. I need to see what the GLA is doing.
Joaquin Ruhi
Sounds like Infiniti's game plan with the Q30/QX30, which plays the warm hatch role with the lowered-suspension, no-cladding Sport models and the pseudo-CUV role with the higher-riding, cladding-bedecked "regular/X" models.
The QX30 even in sport is still a raised CUV. Its the weirdest thing. What is alarming is sales are off about 50-60% this year, only its second in existence. Not sure if this is an Infiniti issue or the vehicle/market itself. I need to see what the GLA is doing.
J
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very detailed spec sheet and pricing for France:
https://www.largus.fr/actualite-automobile/lexus-ux-la-lexus-qui-va-changer-lexus-9355391.html

- 0-100kmh in 8.5s/8.7s (fwd vs e-four)
- Starts at €36k, until €43.5k
- Curb weight 1540kg/1610kg
- Head-up display, 360 camera, sunroof, avs, auto parking all available
very detailed spec sheet and pricing for France:
https://www.largus.fr/actualite-automobile/lexus-ux-la-lexus-qui-va-changer-lexus-9355391.html

- 0-100kmh in 8.5s/8.7s (fwd vs e-four)
- Starts at €36k, until €43.5k
- Curb weight 1540kg/1610kg
- Head-up display, 360 camera, sunroof, avs, auto parking all available
very detailed spec sheet and pricing for France:
https://www.largus.fr/actualite-automobile/lexus-ux-la-lexus-qui-va-changer-lexus-9355391.html

- 0-100kmh in 8.5s/8.7s (fwd vs e-four)
- Starts at €36k, until €43.5k
- Curb weight 1540kg/1610kg
- Head-up display, 360 camera, sunroof, avs, auto parking all available
spwolf
- Curb weight 1540kg/1610kg
That's equivalent to 3395 lbs / 3549 lbs. - presumably fwd / awd (?)

spwolf
- Head-up display, 360 camera, sunroof, avs, auto parking all available
It's an open question if all those options will be available in North America.
spwolf
- Curb weight 1540kg/1610kg
That's equivalent to 3395 lbs / 3549 lbs. - presumably fwd / awd (?)

spwolf
- Head-up display, 360 camera, sunroof, avs, auto parking all available
It's an open question if all those options will be available in North America.
spwolf
- Curb weight 1540kg/1610kg
That's equivalent to 3395 lbs / 3549 lbs. - presumably fwd / awd (?)

spwolf
- Head-up display, 360 camera, sunroof, avs, auto parking all available
It's an open question if all those options will be available in North America.

J
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