Buyers may have been given an early look at a new Lexus compact crossover, if a clip recorded at this month’s Detroit Auto Show is any hint.
During a presentation given by Toyota US CEO Jim Lentz, a new SUV appeared among a series of slides previewing the carmaker’s new-generation models.
The SUV is described as the LF-NX concept revealed last year, but its design is clearly an evolved and more production-friendly take on the concept’s wild styling.
The ‘LF-NX’ shown during Lentz’s presentation has lost much of the heavy creasing of the concept, with larger headlights flanking a more conventional version of the company’s new ‘spindle’ grille.
The bumper is also new, with regular elliptical fog-lights at each corner. The package is rounded out by regular alloy wheels and larger door-mirrors.
Is this, then, our first look at the promised new Lexus compact SUV, expected to be called the NX?
Recent reports have pointed to a Geneva Motor Show debut in March for the production model, suggesting this may indeed be our first glimpse of what’s to come.
Details for the new model are unclear, although Lexus has confirmed it will soon offer a new 2.0 litre turbocharged engine - the same unit that powered the LF-NX during its stay at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Lexus is also known to have trademarked the model names NX 200t and NX 300h, suggesting the small crossover will hang onto its NX badge when it takes the turbo and hybrid engines into showrooms.
Watch for more details to surface in the coming weeks.