New Lexus LF-SA shows off possible look of a new city car concept and revised spindle grille design
3 March 2015

The new Lexus LF-SA city car concept has made its global debut at the Geneva motor show

The small car previews the car maker's planned Mini and Audi A1 rival, although it is significantly smaller than both these cars in concept form. The LF-SA is 3400mm long, 1700mm wide and 1430mm high.

Despite these compact dimensions, Lexus says that the LF-SA concept is capable of carrying four passengers in a 2+2 seating layout. It is focused around the driver with a fixed driver's seat and a passenger seat that slides back and forth. The wheel and pedals can be adjusted to fit the driver, rather than the seat moving.

The rest of the cabin is relatively spartan, with a hologram-style infotainment system that is integrated within the instrument display. It also comes with a wide angle head-up display.

The LF-SA's spindle grille design could also become a future design cue for the brand.

A company statement adds: "The LF-SA has been conceived as a luxurious, driver-focused vehicle, designed to address a future world that is more influenced by technology and virtual experiences.

"The new concept reflects Lexus's passion for new design trends and explores unexpected territories for the brand."

Senior Lexus officials told an Australian website last year that the company planned to introduce a sub-CT200h model in Geneva. Global head of Lexus design Tokuo Fukuichi revealed the plans, saying a smaller model was something the company was "seriously considering".

The LF-SA is expected to be based on the Toyota Yaris platform and should come to market as an entry-level Lexus option in 2018, soon after the second-generation CT range is revealed. A range of engine options, including downsized turbocharged petrols and at least one hybrid version, is expected.

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Lexus is also showcasing its GS F performance car and LF-C2 roadster concept at the Geneva show.

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16 February 2015
More cars like the RC-F and GS-F please, not dreary ecoboxes. That's what your sub-brand Toyota are for, surely...
  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

17 February 2015
BriMarsh wrote:

More cars like the RC-F and GS-F please

How many have you bought? It's a semi-serious question; there are frequently comments here about wanting more dirty great V8s through manual gearboxes to the back wheels, but not many cars get sold with specs like that.

2 March 2015
Does anyone want to drive around in a car that looks like their own innards?

16 February 2015
More cars like the RC-F and GS-F please, not dreary ecoboxes. That's what your sub-brand Toyota are for, surely...
  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

17 February 2015
Lexus may have been spurred by the success of Audi A1. Other than that smaller cars are helping car makers cut the ever tightening fleet emissions.

28 February 2015
Lexus had a nice little niche making understated luxury cars, I think they are stupid to abandon it. They will never match the sales volumes of BMW / Audi, and all they are doing trying to make their cars aggressive / sporty looking is alienating their loyal customer base. Toyota have made a fortune out of boring cars, Lexus should stick to making luxurious boring cars which has always done them well in the past.

28 February 2015
roverfan1984 wrote:

Lexus should stick to making luxurious boring cars which has always done them well in the past.

Right, like Rover? Which is why they're dead. No way roverfan

28 February 2015
soldi wrote:
roverfan1984 wrote:

Lexus should stick to making luxurious boring cars which has always done them well in the past.

Right, like Rover? Which is why they're dead. No way roverfan

Did I compare Rover and Lexus? No. You are absolutely right, despite being a fan I agree that Rover died because, to be blunt, they were making products no-one wanted anymore. Whereas Lexus have been extremely successful and made a name for themselves selling cars to people who want anonymous and yes boring but luxurious cars. I am just saying it seems silly to abandon that USP and loyal (and wealthy) customer base to chase after BMW owners, which is what I think they are aiming to do with their hideous new design language. Time will tell of course and if I was an industry expert then I would be working for them. But there we go, just my opinion.

28 February 2015
roverfan1984 wrote:
soldi wrote:
roverfan1984 wrote:

Lexus should stick to making luxurious boring cars which has always done them well in the past.

Right, like Rover? Which is why they're dead. No way roverfan

Did I compare Rover and Lexus? No.

No, just think its ironic that a Rover fan should give Lexus advice on how to be successful.

28 February 2015
roverfan1984][quote=soldi][quote=roverfan1984 wrote:

I am just saying it seems silly to abandon that USP and loyal (and wealthy) customer base to chase after BMW owners, which is what I think they are aiming to do with their hideous new design language.

It's that revolting "spindle grille" whatever that's supposed to mean. I've never liked it and it is far too prominent on this otherwise quite interesting looking car. Lexus, get rid of it.

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