The concept will showcase the design direction for the car maker’s future models, including a new compact SUV that'll replace the CT 200h.
The SUV has been designed by Lexus’s European design centre, ED2, and outside it has muscular wheel arches with sharp, angular lines on its five-door body.
The two rear doors curve out with the swollen wheel arches, and it looks as though the door handles are all housed in the car’s middle (shown below). This implies that the back doors are rear-hinged.
At the back, there’s a coupé-like roofline and sharp tail-lights with what appear to be LED internals. The overall body looks smaller than those of the Lexus NX and RX, supporting information from sources that it previews a production car that'll replace the CT 200h.
Mounted on the front of the doors are rear-facing cameras. Lexus has said the car features “imaginative technologies for an immersive driver experience”, and that the interior mixes traditional craftsmanship with high-tech manufacturing techniques. The latest image confirms that the concept gets dual-screen infotainment, a wrap-around dash and rear view camera screens.
There also appear to be steering-wheel mounted shift paddles and gear selector buttons on the centre console, suggesting this model features a combustion engine of some sort. A pair of rear tailpipe surrounds add weight to this suggestion, but given recent trends in the motor industry, it seems highly likely the concept will also use some kind of electrified power.
More information will be revealed at the Paris motor show on 29 September.