2015 Geneva Preview: Lexus LF-SA Concept previews a new city car

Article by Christian A., on February 17, 2015

For the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Lexus prepared the LF-SA Concept, a city car that previews a rival for the MINI Cooper and Audi A1. Not too many details are available but we can see a revised spindle grille design, as well as stylish LED daytime running lights and LED headlights. Several sources confirmed the fact that Lexus will introduce a new model in Geneva, slotted under the CT200h.

The vehicle is expected to be based on the same platform used by the Toyota Yaris and will arrive on the market in 2018. Lexus LF-SA is seen as a new concept that reflects company’s passion for new design trends and explores unexpected territories for the brand.

Lexus says that its new concept was developed as a luxurious, driver-focused vehicle, designed to address a future world that is more influenced by technology and virtual experiences. More details will be revealed on 3rd of March when Geneva Motor Show will open its doors!

The highly-sculpted surfacing of the new Lexus LF-SA Concept is an expression of the avant-garde 'Time in Design' styling approach, in which onlookers change their perceptions of the vehicle when looking at it from different angles.

This concept features a reinterpreted version of the signature spindle grille that now boasts of a three-dimensional form, thanks to angular pattern emanating from the central Lexus logo. This three-dimensional spindle grille doesn’t only influence the front fenders and side bodywork, but also enhances the car’s wide, firmly planted stance.

Interestingly, the contrasting interplay between concave and convex surfaces is further accentuated a dynamic undercut above the wheel arches. This lends the LF-SA a distinct proportion while giving the concept a strong sense of dynamism. This design also makes the LF-SA Concept a strong forward-moving character.

Meanwhile, the rear end of the concept features an angular, double-stepped styling, referencing the shape of the spindle grille. The rear end is also defined by L-shaped lamp clusters in a flying-buttress design as well as the arrowhead motif in the design of the daytime running lights.

Although the new LF-SA Concept features a highly compact exterior, its interior is generously spacious. This is made possible by the designers' 'manipulation of lightness,' which is evident on the sweeping design of the dashboard that makes the cabin seem wider.

While the LF-SA Concept features a 2+2 cabin layout, its main focus is the driver. Although the driver's seat is fixed, he or she could adjust the steering wheel and pedals according to his or her preferences. This thereby brings the vehicle to the driver, instead of the other way around.

The highly sculpted surfaces of the new LF-SA concept expresses an innovative yet challenging 'Time in Design' styling approach, in which onlookers change their perception of the vehicle as viewed from different angles.

It is provided with a new iteration of the grille that has assumed a more dynamic three-dimensional form, featuring an angular pattern emerging from the centrally positioned Lexus logo. The grille’s new 3D form strongly influences the concept’s front fenders and bodywork while accentuating its wide, planted stance.

The elegant contrast between its concave and convex surfaces is underlined by a dynamic undercut on the wheel arches, most remarkably to the rear. This styling gives the LF-SA Concept a distinct proportion while lending the concept a strong sense of dynamism and forward motion.

Meanwhile, the angular, double-stepped rear styling reflects the shape of the spindle grille. The rear end features L-shaped lamp clusters in a flying-buttress design, as well as arrowhead design of the daytime running lights.

While having a very compact exterior, the next LF-SA Concept is roomy inside. This was achieved primarily through the 'manipulation of lightness', which is evident in the sweeping dashboard design.

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