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Lexus Previews New NX Crossover With Frankfurt Auto Show Concept

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Lexus’ concept car for the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show is a preview of the automaker’s new compact crossover due to go on sale next year. That compact crossover will be called the NX and a stylized version of it will be on display next week in Frankfurt in the form of the LF-NX concept car.

The LF-NX has an aggressive look to it that’s reminiscent of Lamborghini’s recent crossover concept, the Urus, but it’s not just about looks as many of the lines are actually functional and improve the aerodynamic properties of the vehicle. For example, the vertical lines at the front serve as an air curtain and help channel air flow to the front brakes. At the rear, the light clusters are designed to project downwards to the full depth of the bumper, creating a sharp, aerodynamic trailing edge to the vehicle.

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Lexus says the design is the latest evolution of its “L-finesse” design language, though don’t expect the production NX to look as aggressive as this concept. That’s because the vehicle will be based on the humble Toyota RAV4 and the two may even share some panels.

Lexus LF-NX concept, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

Lexus LF-NX concept, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

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Inside, there’s a minimalist design with plenty of premium materials and several digital displays. High-tech features include touch-sensitive electrostatic switches and a new touch pad Remote Touch Interface (RTI) system located just ahead of the gear selector.

Powering the LF-NX is said to be a new version of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system, which may be matched to an all-wheel-drive setup. Lexus tells us the new system is designed for “SUV performance.” The production NX is expected to feature two powertrain options: a new turbocharged four-cylinder in a NX 200t and a hybrid setup in a NX 300h.

LEARN MORE: Lexus' New Turbo Four Arrives Next Year

Stay tuned for more following the Lexus LF-NX concept’s debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show next Tuesday, but in the meantime view our full coverage of the show at our dedicated hub.

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