Lexus LF-SA ll Future car ll Trailer
Europe is a many-splendored place, full of history and castles and fashionable people who drive stylish hatchbacks. Yet for all the hot hatches dotting the European landscape, there are just as many odd-looking microscopic three-doors. Enter the Lexus LF-SA, a small concept car with a name like a Star Wars droid and styling to match; it’s being debuted at the 2015 Geneva motor show and billed as a celebration of Lexus’s 25th year in business.
About that styling. To some of us, it looks like an NX200 with only half a body, or an ancient tribal mask hung on a wall to ward off evil spirits. Others among our crew love it with a fiery intensity—one suggestion was to put it in the back of Kahn Design’s Defender 6×6 and rule Thunderdome, which the first group thinks is a great idea, so long as the Lexus is left there forever. There’s no doubt that the thing is polarizing—and that it provides more proof that Lexus may be the most daring brand right now in terms of design.
Lexus is floating the LF-SA to signal its interest in adding another hatchback to European roads. At just 11.3 feet long and roughly half that wide, the Lexus is the exact opposite of long and leggy. But it should easily fit in the notoriously tight parking spots for which Europe is so famous. And get this: It’s a two-plus-two.
That’s right, the LF-SA allegedly holds four people in trappings—which we imagine are literal for the rear-seat occupants—”inspired by the spectacle of a solar eclipse” on account of the creation of two overlapping elliptical areas within the cabin. Interestingly, the driver’s seat is fixed in place, while the steering wheel and pedals adjust to accommodate people of various sizes. The passenger seat is adjustable, but those relegated to the back will have to be adjustable themselves. Also rather nifty are the hologram-style digital instrument panel and wide-angle head-up display.Conspicuously missing is any mention of powertrain, which can be seen as a good or bad sign, depending on which side of the styling argument you happen to side with. If you want to see this thing get made, even in toned-down form, it’s going to need propulsion of some sort, and we’d guess that it would get a four-cylinder of reasonable output and extreme efficiency, as Lexus wouldn’t want to put its name on a vehicle that was both polarizing and underpowered.
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