Official images of Lexus LF-SA concept car have leaked online ahead of the car’s reveal at the Geneva motor show on March 3.
Published by enthusiast site autowp.ru, the latest member of Lexus’ ‘LF’ concept car family is clearly a far-out design that serves as more of a vague preview of an eventual small road-going hatch/crossover.
The leak follows the teaser image issued last week.
Speculation would suggest that the LF-SA either heralds Lexus’ intention to create a rival to the Audi A1, or to take its next-generation CT in a sportier direction. But the concept’s tall proportions are also vaguely SUV-esque, meaning Lexus may also be looking at a sub-NX crossover.
Whatever the case — and full details remain under wraps for a few more days yet — you can bet your boots that elements of this car’s edgy styling will carry over the road cars. It’s perhaps the boldest interpretation of Lexus’ L-Finesse styling language yet.
The out-there styling owes as much to oddball city quadricycles such as the Renault Twizy, with its exaggerated wheel flares and tapered proportions. It also echoes the wild flame surfacing and creased panels of the LF-NX concept, which in toned down form became the production NX.
The interior matches the exterior's wild angular design, and appears to sport an advanced instrument section alongside a sparse central fascia (a bit like what Audi is doing), and a new-generation version of its touchpad technology between the seats. There's also an interesting button that says "LAUNCH". Launch control?
We don’t know much else yet, though the brand has promised the concept “explores unexpected territories for the brand in a bold and emotional execution”.
“In a future world which many people see as increasingly influenced by technology and virtual experiences, the LF-SA concept is also a driver-focused vehicle, reflecting Lexus’ vision that real experience will remain ultimate luxury,” the company’s statement says.