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  1. Lexus LF-1 Limitless

    Like molten metal being forged into a fine Japanese sword, the lines of the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept have the potential to shape the future of a flagship luxury crossover for Lexus
  2. Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept

    Lexus established the luxury crossover segment two decades ago with the global debut of the RX 300 at Detroit. It remains the top-selling luxury crossover despite nearly 50 competitors that have since entered the segment The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept introduces a new genre of luxury vehicle: the flagship crossover. Combining high performance with unrestrained luxury, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless is a showcase of technology, innovation and the latest evolution of design at Lexus. The innovative spirit of the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept was created at CALTY Design Research in California. The design language is rooted in the simple yet elegant design concept dubbed “molten katana”. This design visualization fuses the organic shapes of liquid metal with the sharp edges of a traditional Japanese sword. Imagining that shift from a smooth, flowing mass into a solid, chiselled shape formed the basis for the fluid, yet aggressive design of the LF-1 Limitless concept. BRAVE DESIGN FACT #1 CABIN DESIGN: COMFORT IS KING “This is our vision for a new kind of flagship vehicle that embraces crossover capability without giving up the performance and luxury delivered by today’s top sedans,” said Kevin Hunter, President, CALTY Design Research Inc. “The LF-1 Limitless concept incorporates imaginative technology while creating a strong emotional connection by improving the human experience for the driver and passengers.” Maximum comfort for every passenger was CALTY’s goal for the cabin. The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept adheres to the Japanese tradition of Omotenashi, or hospitality, welcoming all who enter with equal enthusiasm. The front passenger space is far more open, with even fewer controls and a wide unobstructed dashboard. Those in the back get the same seats as those in front with expansive legroom and individual display screens for adjusting the climate control or entertainment options. BRAVE DESIGN FACT #2 INTERIOR LIGHT: TWINKLE, TWINKLE, IT'S A STAR! Lighting plays a key role in the look and feel of the interior of the Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept. Engaging the START button initiates a dramatic lighting sequence of ambient light based on which of the several available driving modes is engaged. For a more subtle effect, the wooden door trim has tiny perforations that allow indirect light from miniature LEDs to shine and twinkle in a variety of colours. This lighting creates beautiful movement in the interior that complement the more direct overhead lights. BRAVE DESIGN FACT #3 SPINDLE GRILLE: LET ME SEE YOUR GRILLE! Like all current Lexus models, the spindle grille on the LF-1 Limitless concept is a core element to the overall design. On the LF-1 Limitless concept, it’s been taken even further, with details that suggest the start of the spindle form at the rear of the vehicle that then continues forward toward the nose. The grille itself features a three-dimensional design with colours developed in-house by CALTY. Ridges radiating away from the central emblem suggest magnetism guiding metal filings into shape. There is no chrome, as the LF-1 Limitless concept instead uses LED lighting around the grille that greets you on arrival. BRAVE DESIGN FACT #4 GLASS SURFACE DESIGN: THE ROOF TO INSPIRE The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept takes the popular crossover genre and heightened sense of performance while challenging traditional crossover SUV proportions and styling. The concept’s long hood and powerful stance give it the look of a performance sedan while maintaining the higher ride height and versatile functionality that have made crossovers the preferred choice for so many of today’s customers. Using a large glass surface as the roof helps enhance the appeal of this concept and draws attention to the interior design. The interior involves bright, modern metallic finishes and LED lighting treatments to create an enticing cabin. Gazing through the large glass roof reveals a realm of imagination and inspiration that is driving the future of the luxury crossover category. As the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept has not been confirmed for future production development, the use of glass on this model is entirely exploratory. LF-1 SPECIFICATIONS LENGTH 197.4 inches - 5014 mm WIDTH 78.2 inches - 1986 mm HEIGHT 63.2 inches - 1605 mm WHEELBASE 117.1 inches - 2974 mm
  3. Lexus F Marque -10 year anniversary

    Lexus celebrates 10 years of F marque vehicles at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show New RC F Special Edition anniversary model F models honed on the track but designed for road-going performance accessible to drivers of all skill levels Continuous advances in performance and handling from the original IS F to RC F coupe and GS F sedan Lexus is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its F marque at the 2018 Geneva motor show, a series of cars designed and engineered to deliver a higher level of sporting style and driving rewards. To mark the occasion, it has prepared a new RC F Special Edition, styled and equipped to capture the sporting spirit of the F marque. Exclusive new RC F Special Edition The RC F Special Edition makes its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show, a rare and exclusive version of the performance coupe. The car’s powerful lines and sculpted surfaces have been given extra impact with a matt paint finish in Nebula grey. The matt theme is also picked up in exterior elements such as the door handles, mirror housings, side skirts and shark fin antenna. This strikes a strong contrast with the highly polished black finish of the 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels. Large brake callipers are visible through the wheel spokes, painted blue and bearing the evocative F logo. The same blue shade is used to edge the discreet F badging on the car’s front wings. The Special Edition further benefits from front performance dampers. The interior displays and even bolder application of the colour, with an exclusive Blue Carbon theme. The highly supportive front sports seats are finished in vivid blue semi-aniline leather with white accents and the F symbol embossed in the integrated head restraints. They are also incorporate heating and ventilation functions. The same blue leather can be found on the gear shift knob, the steering wheel and the instrument panel hood and the seat belts are also coloured to match. The surrounds for the window controls on the door armrests have a striking carbon weave finish in blue, black and silver. The rear seats are wrapped in black leather and a black headlining, embossed with the F symbol, adds to the focused, sporting ambience. Each model is fitted with a discreet metal plaque recording the car’s Special Edition status. Other features include the RC F Carbon Pack, equipping the car with a carbon fibre hood, roof and active rear spoiler, together with a Torque Vectoring Differential for superior handling through corners. The safety provisions are equally impressive, including Lexus Safety Sense +, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a Blind Spot Monitor. Lexus F – the first 10 years The exclusive F designation was first introduced on the IS F in 2008. The F reputation was further enhanced with the limited edition LFA supercar, of which just 500 were manufactured between 2010 and 2012. The F designation was subsequently applied to the performance-focused RC F coupe and GS F saloon, both models reflecting the technological skills gained during the development and production of the LFA – particularly the manufacturing know-how for carbon fibre reinforced plastic parts – as well as the car’s design philosophy for realising exhilarating and stimulating driving performance. By using the letter F to signify its most potent models, Lexus pays tribute to the Fuji Speedway and the Higashi Fuji Technical Centre at the foot of Mount Fuji in Japan, which have been the cradle of the cars’ development. Lexus original intentions for the F line were to produce cars with muscular, athletic designs and authentic sports performance, and that are fun and rewarding to drive. At the same time, they would maintain the established Lexus values of sophisticated technologies, advanced safety, cutting-edge engineering and unmatched refinement and efficiency. The essential quality of the cars is expressed by the F engineer, who said: “There’s a perception that many performance cars are hard to drive. In fact, they’re easy in the right hands, because they’ve been purpose-built for the skill level of their drivers. It’s the same with the F cars which I have built to be enjoyed by all enthusiasts, no matter what their level of expertise. Electronics can be modified instantly on board to provide levels of performance and protection appropriate to each driver’s abilities. But even in their basic settings, they are a blast.” Lexus F models are developed with extensive testing on some of the world’s most famous and demanding race tracks, including the Fuji Speedway and the Nürburgring, to achieve the best possible dynamic performance, handling, responsiveness, power and even the quality of the engine note. The result is cars that deliver direct response, communicating a strong feeling of the driver being in control, no matter what the speed, the driving conditions, or the level of ability of the person at the wheel. Lexus IS F – the original Lexus F model The IS F was the first Lexus F model, launched in 2008 with a compact, naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine that was developed specifically for the car. This unit produced a maximum 417bhp and was capable of acceleration from rest to 62mph in 4.8 seconds. It was matched to an eight-speed Sport Direct Shift transmission which, in its day, delivered the world’s fastest shift speed – just 0.1 seconds. Power and speed were only part of the IS F’s special character. Thanks to a specially adapted version of Lexus’ Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), drivers were able to safely explore the limits of the car’s performance, with VDIM providing co-ordinated control of the car’s braking, traction and stability functions, steering assistance and gearshifts. Select Sport mode in the transmission and VDIM would give the freedom for really spirited driving, only intervening at the point of maximum drift. For the truly adventurous, the IS F also allowed the system to be fully switched off to give the kind of handling and braking performance enjoyed by race and rally drivers. RC F – the performance coupe In 2014 Lexus moved to the next chapter in its F programme with the IS F making way for the more powerful RC F, based on the RC coupe. The V8 powertrain underwent extensive changes that delivered an initial increase in output to 471bhp (subsequently adjusted to 457bhp to comply with emissions standards). The SPDS transmission offered no fewer than six driver-selectable modes, including a G-sensor AI-Shift control for high-performance sports driving. Responsiveness was further sharpened and more linear acceleration delivered, all the way to a new 7,000rpm red line, made possible by using strong and lighter components, including forged connecting rods and titanium valves. At the same time, the car’s stopping power was significantly improved with larger and thicker slotted brake discs. The RC F also came equipped with a Torque Vectoring Differential – a first for a front engine/rear-wheel drive car – which allowed for left and right drive torque to be instantaneously adjusted, giving smoother, faster and more precise cornering, free from understeer. The VDIM was also upgraded with an extended Sport mode and an “Expert” setting, with the vehicle stability control switched off. The system was also developed to enable co-ordination of its functions with the torque vectoring differential. GS F – the performance saloon The performance blueprint executed for the RC F was applied to GS saloon in 2015, creating the GS F. Using the same powertrain, its handling was further developed in track testing on the famously demanding Nürburgring Nordschleife. Although it has been honed on the racetrack, the five-seater GS F is faithful to the ethos of the F marque in being a car that is equally amenable to drive whether you are taking on a twisting mountain road, or making a routine, everyday journey.
  4. Lexus design concept for a future luxury crossover model Engineered to accommodate multiple powertrain options, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, fuel cell and battery electric Concept created by the CALTY design studio in California First European appearance at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show Lexus has carved out its vision for a future luxury crossover with the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept, which makes its European debut at 2018 Geneva Motor Show The Lexus LF-1 Limitless, first seen at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, introduces a new luxury vehicle genre, the flagship crossover. Combining high performance with unrestrained luxury, it is a showcase for technology, innovation and the latest evolution of design at Lexus – the brand which pioneered the luxury SUV concept with the original RX model 20 years ago The new concept is designed to cater for customers’ increasingly diverse lifestyles, exploring new possibilities and capabilities. It is also engineered to use many different powertrains: fuel cell electric, hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric or battery electric. By around 2025, every Lexus model globally will be available either as a dedicated electrified vehicle, or with an electrified powertrain option. The Lexus LF-1 Limitless was created at the CALTY Design Research in California. Its innovative design language is founded on the simple yet elegant concept of molten katana. This fuses the organic shapes of liquid metal with the sharp edges associated with a traditional Japanese katana sword. Imagining the shift from a smooth, flowing mass into a solid, chiselled shape was the basis for the car’s fluid yet powerful design. “This is our vision for a new kind of flagship vehicle that embraces crossover capability without giving up the performance and luxury delivered by today’s top saloons,” said Kevin Hunter, President of CALTY Design Research. “The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept incorporates imaginative technology while creating a strong emotional connection by improving the human experience for driver and passengers.” The starting point is defining the right proportions: the car’s exaggerated dash-to-axle ratio generates an athletic profile that evokes classic grand tourers rather than estate wagons. Combined with a cabin set deep within the rear-wheel drive chassis and striking 22-inch wheels that are barely contained beneath muscular wings, the crossover has a powerful stance that immediately conveys its performance intentions. The low roof line and elevated ride height further emphasise this as a crossover designed for performance with practicality. In common with all current Lexus models, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless’s spindle grille is a core element in its design. Its execution is stronger than ever before, with details that suggest the origination of the spindle shape at the rear of the vehicle, continuing forwards towards the nose. The grille itself emphasises its three-dimensional quality using colours developed in-house by CALTY. Ridges radiating from the central Lexus emblem suggest the effect of metal filings being guided into shape by magnetism. There is no chrome; instead LED lighting around the grille welcomes the driver as they approach the vehicle. “Lexus models such as the RX have helped drive the global popularity of the luxury SUV category. This new crossover concept captures a future that involves a high level of dynamic capability and utility matched by a more exciting, emotional design that we hope challenges expectations in the category,” said Yoshihiro Sawa, President of Lexus International. In profile the Lexus LF-1 Limitless presents a clearly defined flow from front to rear, starting with the line that extends from the bonnet all the way to the base of the rear D-pillar. This line contrasts with more complex surfaces below, such as the wide, crisply creased front wings that transition into the smooth, deeply sculpted front doors. From there the bodywork gradually builds back out enveloping the rear wheels, giving the car a cola-bottle shape evocative of classic muscle cars. There is an eye-catching split-spoiler at the rear edge of the roof, and interesting curves and details right across the back of the vehicle. Sculpted openings at each corner look like exhaust tailpipes, but they are actually vents for the airflow passing across the rear wheels. The rear haunches provide sturdy mounts for tail light clusters that extend well beyond the metalwork. Above the lights there is a huge expanse of glass that extends over the rear seats to provide an uninterrupted view of the scenery, made possible by the split-spoiler design. CALTY’s goal was to provide luxurious comfort for everyone on board. The Lexus LF-1 Limitless adheres to the Japanese hospitality traditions of omotenashi, welcoming driver and passengers alike with equal attention to detail. The cockpit is designed to let the driver concentrate on the task at hand; analogue knobs and buttons have been replaced with motion-activated controls and a minimalist display directly ahead of the driver. The front passenger space has been made more open, with even fewer controls and a wide, unobstructed dashboard. The rear seats are the same as those in the front, with expansive legroom and individual displays for adjusting the climate control and entertainment options. The metallic interior trim is finished in the same champagne-tinted titanium colour as the exterior, but with a satin finish for a warmer feel. Accents around the instrument panel and on the steering wheel enhance the sense of a cockpit for the driver. Additional metallic highlights throughout the cabin contrast with the dark Cocoa Bean leather trim and Chiffon White perforated leather seat upholstery. Lighting also plays a key role in the look and feel of the interior. Pressing the start button initiates a dramatic illumination sequence of ambient light, the tone of which is determined by the drive mode that has been selected. For a more subtle effect, tiny perforations in the wooden door trim allow indirect light from miniature LEDs to shine in a variety of colours to complement the more direct overhead lights. Technology enhances the luxurious feel of the Lexus LF-1 Limitless by increasing the options available to the driver. It starts with Chauffeur Mode, which allows for hands-free operation using the vehicle’s by-wire steering, braking, acceleration, lights and signals. The result is smooth, carefree driving with maximum efficiency and reduced risk of accidents. For engaged driving, all powertrain controls and mode displays are mounted on the steering wheel so the driver can remain focused on the road. There is also a four-dimensional navigation system which builds on traditional systems by adding time into the equation. It acts as a concierge, anticipating the needs of driver and passengers based on the progress made, traffic and road conditions along the programmed route, suggesting fuel stops, rest breaks and restaurants. It will even make hotel reservations. Navigation and route information is presented on the in-dash monitor, the rear seat entertainment screens, or wirelessly transmitted to passengers’ tablets and smartphones. The 4D navigation and integrated comfort and entertainment systems are operated using touch-responsive haptic controls set within easy reach of the steering wheel. A touch tracer pad embedded in the leather-covered centre console supports character recognition for data entry. Passengers can also make their own comfort and entertainment choices using an additional haptic controller in the rear seat centre console. The Lexus LF-1 Limitless measures 5,014mm long, 1,986mm wide and 1,605mm high and has a 2,974mm wheelbase.

    World debut for the Lexus UX – the first-ever Lexus compact crossover – at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show A new genre of crossover, an “Urban Explorer” that offers a fresh take on luxury lifestyles Stylish and distinctive exterior design execution generates a unique vehicle identity, combining a secure and spacious feel yet with a condensed appearance Compact, driver-centric cockpit with a commanding view of the road Interior includes new trim finish inspired by the grain of Japanese paper, and traditional sashiko leather upholstery quilting First Lexus to be built on the new GA-C global architecture platform, delivering the lowest centre of gravity in its class and exceptional body rigidity, securing agile, hatchback-like driving experience New, fourth generation self-charging hybrid system in the UX 250h with higher efficiency and more powerful electric motor UX 200 powered by new 2.0-litre petrol engine with high thermal efficiency and new direct shift continuously variable transmission (Direct Shift-CVT) INTRODUCTION Lexus hosts the world debut of the new UX at the 2018 Geneva Motor show, a free-spirited crossover crafted expressly for the modern urban explorer who seeks a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on a luxury lifestyle. Chika Kako, Chief Engineer of the UX said: “Right from the start, I focused on the target customer – mid-30s, millennials, men and women – and tried to understand how they would expect a premium compact vehicle to change their lives and enable new experiences. That’s what led us to the basic vehicle concept for the UX of Creative Urban Explorer – a new genre of crossover. “Design is still the main purchase reason for every car, it is the design that promises to the customer what the car can deliver. With the UX the design team have created a style which delivers the strong safe feeling that sets crossovers apart from hatchbacks, but combined it with a very dynamic dimension. “We also focused on giving the UX a distinctive driving feel that would resonate with the customer. I wanted to overturn the image of a crossover with a high body that requires careful manoeuvring and offer a car with nimble performance and excellent manoeuvrability that make it as easy to drive as a hatchback.” The UX is a new gateway vehicle for Lexus, it is rich in the qualities that define the brand: brave design, superior craftsmanship, exhilarating performance and imaginative technology. Led by Chief Engineer Kako and Chief Designer Tetsuo Miki, the development teams have worked closely together to produce a car in which the exterior and interior appear almost seamlessly linked. Powerful bodywork, notable for its impressively flared front and rear wings, clothes a cabin that provides a driver-focused cockpit and an open, relaxing space for passengers. While still offering a commanding view from the steering wheel, the UX offers a driving position that makes the crossover feel more like a responsive hatchback to drive, rather than an SUV. The UX further marks a series of technical innovations, including the first use of the new GA-C global architecture platform, which delivers fundamental high structural rigidity and a low centre of gravity, thus securing excellent ride quality and stability. New powertrains are also deployed for the first time: a new 2.0-litre petrol engine that reaps the performance and fuel economy benefits of high thermal efficiency; and a new mid-power, fourth generation self-charging hybrid system. BRAVE DESIGN Lexus has produced a design for the UX that expresses the sense of security that is expected of a crossover, but which equally communicates agility and a fun-to-drive quality with sleek, attractively condensed appearance. The result is a model with a unique identity in its segment that makes a strong and appealing design statement. There was close collaboration among all the team members, resulting in a harmonious shape that almost seamlessly links the inside and outside of the car. Exterior design The aim for the UX was not to conform to the established, solid crossover look, but to achieve a compact design that is both strong and stylish, breaking with the conventions of the segment to deliver something more distinctive and dynamic. This design approach can be seen at work in the way the front and rear wings flare strongly outwards in relation to the car’s basic form, which flows out from the lines of the spindle grille to envelop the cabin. The meticulously formed exterior surfaces are simple but captivating, expressing strength and dynamism. At the front, the arrangement of the headlights and the spindle grille are incorporated into a deep, strong shape created by the hood and bumper to generate a sense of security. At the rear, a condensed styling treatment contrasts sharply with the flared wings to emphasise the UX’s dynamic and strong crossover qualities. Details include daytime running lights, arranged in an arrowhead motif above the headlights to emphasise the Lexus L-shaped illumination signature. The spindle grille has a new block-shape mesh pattern with individual elements that gradually change in shape as they radiate out from the central Lexus emblem, giving a three-dimensional look that changes according to the angle of view. The rear combination lamps have an original and advanced design that is not only eye-catching but also aerodynamically efficient, helping improve vehicle handling. The right and left units are connected by a continuous, single line of light across the back door to give the UX’s rear a unique appearance. Formed by a sequence of 120 LEDs, this tapers gently towards the centre, measuring just 3mm thick at its narrowest point. This design is set to become a world-first Lexus signature feature. Four new aluminium wheel designs have been produced for the UX, with 17 and 18-inch diameters. The five-spoke 17-inch wheels have a world-first aerodynamic design, details of which are given in the Imaginative Technology section below. Dimensions and packaging The UX measures 4,495mm long, 1,520mm high and 1,840mm wide and has a 2,640mm wheelbase. An 870mm couple distance ensures ample space for rear seat passengers, while the load area is a generous 791mm long. The car’s proportions allow for excellent manoeuvrability, with a best-in-segment 5.2m turning radius. For the driver, a reduced distance between the hip and heel points gives the feel of driving a hatchback rather than an SUV-type vehicle. Interior design The interior of the car is the place where driver and car connect. As such, the designers sought to eliminate the boundary between exterior and interior, creating a seamless continuity. The effect is to give the driver an excellent field of vision with a clear sense of the vehicle’s body dimensions. Looking from the driver’s seat, the upper section of the instrument panel appears to extend out beyond the windscreen. Conversely, seen from outside, the bonnet looks as though it connects directly to the instrument panel. This effect is inspired by a traditional Japanese design concept which blurs the boundary between the inside and outside of a house. The human-centred approach extends to the design of the UX’s interior, with a “seat-in-control” approach that focuses operation of all the principal vehicle functions around the driver’s side of the cabin. At the same time, this helps create a more relaxing atmosphere around the passenger space. The instrument panel has a low, unobtrusive design and the slim A-pillar mouldings have been shaped to improve visibility and give the kind of commanding outward view that is expected of a crossover. Chief Engineer Kako has drawn on her earlier experience in materials development and time spent working in Europe to help define the quality and appearance of the interior, in particular applying an uncluttered, “less is more” approach to achieve the desired effect. She explained: “In the course of (my earlier) work, I learned that even if the elements that make up the interior, such as the seats, instrument panel and ornamentation, are all made to a high specification, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the overall look will give an elegant impression. When it comes to determining whether an interior is good or bad, controlling the overall balance between the continuity, unity and contrast is more important than the relative specifications of individual components.” The human-centred design thinking included paying particular attention to the appearance and ease of use of the centre console, with audio switches integrated into a palm rest. The seatback shape has been defined to make operation of controls possible while maintaining a comfortable, natural posture. Getting in and out of the vehicle has been made easier and more comfortable through optimal placing of the hip-point, a cut-off profile for the rocker panel below the doors and shaping of the seat cushion. SUPERIOR CRAFTSMANSHIP The superior craftsmanship that defines Lexus vehicles is evident both in the overall high build quality of the new UX – built at Lexus’ Kyushu factory, home also to production of the CT, NX and RX models – and in fine detailing, such as the application of different, unique finishes in the cabin. Sashiko leather quilting The smooth leather upholstery available for the UX is made using sashiko, a traditional Japanese quilting technique that is also applied in the making of judo and kendo martial arts uniforms. The quilted leather is decorated with new perforation patterns that form mathematical curves and gradations in perfect alignment, enhancing the appearance of the seats. Ornamentation inspired by Japanese paper grain The UX’s sweeping instrument panel covers a large area, connecting the driver and passenger sides of the vehicle. This provides an opportunity to accentuate the atmosphere of the cabin using fine-quality ornamentation, with a choice of two grain patterns and four colours. The UX is the first Lexus model to offer a new trim grain finish that’s inspired by the grain of Japanese paper, known as washi, familiar from the screens used in traditional Japanese homes. Created using slush-moulding and a carefully chosen surface finish, it evokes a calm and warm feeling. A leather grain finish is also available, shared with the LC coupe and LS flagship saloon and building a consistency of quality across the Lexus brand. EXHILARATING PERFORMANCE The UX has been engineered to deliver “elegant performance with peace of mind” consistent in all Lexus models. The foundation is the new GA-C global architecture platform, used for the first time in a Lexus. Two new powertrains make their debut: a new, fourth generation self-charging hybrid system with 176bhp/131kW[1] and the choice of front-wheel drive or E-Four all-wheel drive in the UX 250h; and a new 2.0-litre petrol engine with high thermal efficiency, available with a new direct shift continuously variable transmission (Direct Shift-CVT) in the UX 200. Suspension, steering and tyres have also all been developed to support Lexus’ dynamic and performance ambitions for the UX. First use of new GA-C global architecture platform The UX is the first Lexus to be constructed using the new GA-C global architecture platform, the foundation for the car’s dynamic performance. Its development focused on giving the UX nimble and instant response to the driver’s inputs, while communicating a sense of stability and safety. The platform allowed for an increase in rigidity, including the use of high-tensile steel and a ring structure around the rear and back door openings. Highly rigid adhesive and Laser Screw Welding have been used in key locations, greatly enhancing overall rigidity. Low centre of gravity The UX has the lowest centre of gravity of any vehicle in its class, thanks to the design of the GA-C platform. This characteristic, central to the car’s fine ride and handling quality, is also supported by weight-saving measures in the body construction, including the use of lightweight aluminium for the side doors, wings and bonnet, as well as a resin material for the back door. Suspension and steering MacPherson strut front suspension and a double wishbone arrangement at the rear have been designed and tuned to promote ride comfort and sharp response. Special attention has been paid to shock absorber performance and the quality of the damper oil, oil seals and friction control. An Electric Power Steering system with a new, compact and highly rigid column assist has been adopted for the UX, with a larger diameter column shaft. This supports handling with crisp, immediate response to driver inputs, with good steering feel. UX 250h with fourth generation self-charging hybrid powertrain The Lexus UX 250h will also use a new fourth generation hybrid electric system that features a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an electronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). It will be available both with front-wheel drive and with Lexus’s E-Four. The new engine is notable for its high thermal efficiency and output, with provisional performance figures for the full hybrid self-charging system (engine and electric motor combined) anticipating a maximum 176b hp/131kW. The powertrain development programme focused not just on outstanding fuel economy, but also on a high level of driving appeal. Particular efforts were made to reduce any “rubber band” effect in the operation of the hybrid system and transmission, by optimising the level of electric motor assistance and engine rpm to generate a sense of linear acceleration without the engine running at high revs. Engine rpm are synchronised with the increase in vehicle speed to create an immediate and continuous acceleration feel, responding to the driver’s intentions and creating a pleasant driving feel. New hybrid transaxle, power control unit and battery The system has a compact and lightweight new transaxle and Power Control Unit, designed to minimise power losses through heat and friction. A new nickel metal-hydride (NiMH) battery is used with a revised construction and more compact cooling system that allows for smaller dimensions overall. This allows the battery to be located below the rear seat, minimising intrusion in the load space and supporting the UX’s low centre of gravity. E-Four The E-Four system gives the UX 250h all-wheel drive capability by placing an additional electric motor on the rear axle. Power distribution between the front and rear axles is automatically optimised when accelerating, cornering, or driving on slippery surfaces. When a loss of rear-wheel grip is detected, the amount of power that can be directed to the rear of the car has been increased from 60 to around 80 per cent, at speeds up to 44mph (70km/h), contributing to excellent handling stability. UX 200 with new 2.0-litre petrol engine The UX 200 is powered by a new 2.0-litre petrol engine, engineered to provide a high level of dynamic and environmental performance with excellent fuel economy. The in-line four-cylinder unit uses high-speed combustion to achieve enhanced thermal efficiency. Features which enable this across a wide range of driving scenarios include multi-hole direct fuel injectors, a continuously variable capacity oil pump, a variable cooling system and VVT-iE intelligent variable valve-timing on the intake side. The result is a maximum thermal efficiency of around 40% – a best-in-class level for a passenger vehicle engine. Direct Shift-CVT The new 2.0-litre engine featured in the UX 200 is matched to Lexus’s first Direct Shift-CVT, engineered to provide the smooth, fuel-efficient performance of a conventional continuously variable transmission, but with a direct driving feel. A conventional system uses two pulleys, connected by a belt, that can change their radius seamlessly, and thus change the effective gear ratio, without any “step” effect. The new Direct Shift-CVT has additional gears to achieve acceleration at start-up like a manual transmission. This gives the smooth acceleration of a CVT, but with a direct acceleration feel. In addition, this use of gears for acceleration from start-up reduces the need for the CVT’s pulleys and belt mechanism to be used in the low gear range. This allows more room to be dedicated to the higher gear range. High-speed, high-response gear-shifting technology, using a multi-plate wet clutch developed for use in automatic transmission, is used to switch power from the gear to the belt and pulleys. This secures performance in response to different situations, from smooth and fuel-efficient driving to sporty performance with fast shifts. The design also maintains the benefits of a CVT, which can freely adjust the gear ratio to simulate changes like multi-gear automatic transmission under heavy acceleration. This gives linear acceleration feel with synchronisation of the increasing engine revs and vehicle speed. IMAGINATIVE TECHNOLOGY The unique character of the Lexus UX is expressed in the application of imaginative technology in detailed aspects of the car, emphasising its depth of quality to customers, particularly those who might be buying a premium brand vehicle for the first time. Safety The UX is available with the latest version of Lexus Safety System+, including a Pre-Collision System (PCS) developed to be able to recognize pedestrians at night. Additionally, PCS radar detection has been extended to enable detection of cyclists during the day – road users who are involved in a high number of traffic accidents[2]. The package provided on the UX also includes Lexus Co DRIVE (featuring Lane Tracing Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control), Automatic High Beam/Adaptive High-beam System, and Road Sign Assist[3]. A Parking Support Brake detects the risk of the vehicle coming into contact with a stationary object in its path, or another vehicle approaching from behind, and will automatically reduce drive force, initiate braking and trigger sound and visual warnings to help reduce the likelihood of a collision, or lessen the damage if an impact does occur. World-first aerodynamic design details Lexus took a new approach to achieve the best possible aerodynamic performance from the UX’s rear combination lamps, wheel arch mouldings and, in a world first concept, aerodynamic wheels. The Aero Stabilising Blade Lights in the rear incorporate fins with a distinctive design that helps prevent airflow from wrapping around the rear of the vehicle. They make a noticeable contribution to keeping the rear of the car stable when turning and driving in crosswinds. Painstaking adjustments were made to the lamps’ curved profile, with each change evaluated and verified in wind tunnel and real-world driving tests. The wheel arch mouldings have flat sides and a stepped top section, which generates an airflow that helps reduce roll and keep the vehicle stable when the car is cornering, changing lanes or being driven in a straight line. Millimetre-precise adjustment of this step feature kept an optimal balance between the stabilising effect and design considerations. The UX’s aluminium wheels have a world-first aerodynamic design that helps both keep the brakes cool and reduce wind resistance. Computer simulations and wind tunnel testing produced a profile shape for the wheel’s spokes that increased the amount of airflow that could be directed to cool the disc brakes, without compromising the car’s coefficient of drag (Cd). Single knob ventilation control with wireless lighting The UX’s air vents have a new single-knob control for air flow direction and volume, illuminated using a new wireless system. By combining the two functions in a single control, the vents could be made larger, improving performance. Each control has an LED light source that is powered wirelessly, using electromagnetic resonance between two coils vibrating at the same frequency. Using the same design principle as the LC’s rear combination lamps, the vent lights use mirror optics to create the effect of floating lighting depth, even though the reflector element is only 3mm thick. UX F Sport The F Sport versions of the UX are clearly differentiated by styling treatment that emphasises a low and wide form, evoking sporty driving performance. At the front, an exclusive mesh grille references the Lexus F Sport bloodline, with extra impact generated by large fog light bezels with L-shaped chrome mouldings and detailing that repeats the F-mesh pattern of the grille. At the rear there is an exclusive bumper design with chrome highlights, projecting a secure, sporting image. Using a jet black ornamentation on the front and rear mouldings created a unified appearance, while the sporty quality is further reflected in exclusive 18-inch alloy wheel designs. In the cabin the F Sport-exclusive features include sports seats, made with a highly supportive integrated foaming technique, an eight-inch TFT colour display and an instrument meter with a moving outer ring. The F Sport steering wheel has a dimpled leather covering (featured also on the shift knob) and there are sports aluminium pedals and footrest. The F Sport models benefit from exclusive tuning of the suspension, with adjustment to both springs and stabiliser bars, and the use of rear performance dampers to provide accurate, stable and responsive handling. They are also available with a specifically adapted version of the new high-response Adaptive Variable Suspension system featured on the Lexus LC flagship coupe. The aim is to provide a level of damping force that contributes to a rewarding drive, but doesn’t detract from comfortable ride quality. This damping force is reduced in straight line driving and increased when cornering or changing lanes to provide stability with minimal roll. Where AVS is fitted, its functionality is linked to the Sport S+ mode in the car’s Drive Mode Select. The driving experience can be further enhanced with Active Sound Control (ASC), generating an audio feedback that gives the aural effect of up and downshifts like those experienced with a geared automatic transmission. And additional Sonic Interaction Design (SID) function adjust the sound the vehicle makes when drive in Sport S+ mode (S+ Sound). This can be switched off, if desired, using the ASC switch. [1] Preliminary figures. [2] Availability of features might differ depending on local market specifications. [3] Availability of features might differ depending on local market specifications.
  6. Video: Introducing the Lexus UX

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    New RC 300h F Sport Black Edition coupe, featuring dramatic and exclusive exterior and interior styling features Colouring evokes the deep and rich black of sumi, the traditional ink for Japanese brush painting and calligraphy Black stainless steel window frame mouldings, matt black 19-inch F Sport alloy wheels and new dark chrome spindle grille and circular front fog light bezels Interior finished with black wood trim inserts, coloured using sumi ink, and smooth black leather upholstery with contrast orange stitching Available exclusively with a Graphite Black metallic paint finish The athletic lines of the Lexus RC 300h F Sport coupe are given dramatic added visual impact in a special new Black Edition model, which will go on sale 1 May following its appearance at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. As its name declares, the Black Edition emphasises a dynamic and stealthy look with a range of new black styling elements, inspired by the dense colour of Japanese sumi ink, used for centuries in traditional brush painting and calligraphy. The F Sport spindle grille, with its graduated “L” motif mesh pattern, has a new dark chrome finish, as do the new-design, circular LED fog lights, positioned on the margins of the lower grille section, adding to the car’s powerful front lighting signature. The 19-inch F Sport alloy wheels have a contrast matt black and bright machined finish, while the window mouldings are in black stainless steel, toning smartly with the coupe’s Graphite Black metallic paintwork. In the cabin, the F Sport seats and steering wheel are upholstered in smooth black leather, with detailing picked out in vibrant orange stitching – an eye-catching detail that is also applied to the inner door panels. There are also new wood trim inserts with a deep black colour achieved through staining with sumi ink, plus a black headlining In terms of equipment, the Black Edition benefits from the F Sport Premier Pack specification, which includes a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system, sunroof, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Other key features include a reversing camera, Lexus Premium Navigation with 10.3-inch multimedia display, Lexus Safety System+ active safety and driver assistance functions, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rain-sensing wipers, F Sport front seats with power adjustment and integrated heating and ventilation, power steering column adjustment, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights in a “triple-L” configuration and integrated exterior door handle lighting. The RC 300h F Sport Black Edition is powered by Lexus’s self-charging hybrid electric powertrain, featuring a 2.5-litre petrol engine and a powerful electric motor, producing a maximum full-system output of 220bhp/164kW. Smooth and responsive, yet highly efficient, it delivers combined cycle fuel economy from 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions from 116g/km.

    These first visuals reveal the UX’s bold and stylish SUV-inspired design, which combines powerful bodywork with a condensed look. Its crossover credentials are signalled by muscular wings and haunches and a high beltline, but under the skin an all-new platform gives the UX exceptional body rigidity and a low centre of gravity to deliver the agile handling of a hatchback. The scene inside the cabin presents a highly focused driver’s cockpit, a wide and inviting passenger space and a commanding view of the road. With its brave design, superior craftsmanship and imaginative technology features, the UX will offer strong appeal as a gateway model to the Lexus luxury brand in a dynamic and growing part of the market. The Lexus press conference, with the new Head of Lexus Europe, Pascal Ruch, and the UX Chief Engineer Chika Kako, will take place at 10am on 6 March on the Lexus stand in Hall 4 at Palexpo. To follow the event on Livestream, visit
  9. Video: The Dawn of a New Lexus

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  10. The Lexus RC F is moving up the ladder of international motorsport with a full season confirmed for the GT3 racing version of the performance coupe in the prestigious 2018 Blancpain GT Series. The schedule features action on Europe’s most famous circuits, including back-to-back UK events at Brands Hatch (5/6 May – one-hour sprint races) and Silverstone (18/20 May – three-hour endurance race). Two Lexus RC F will be entered by the privately run Emil Frey Lexus Racing Team. The Switzerland-based squad have a strong launchpad for their new campaign, having been team and driver championship contenders with the RC F GT3 in the International GT Open Cup series last year, claiming four race wins in their maiden season. The team’s plans for 2018 were announced today at the official opening of their new workshop and headquarters in Safenwil. The driver line-up was also confirmed, comprising former Le Mans winner Stéphane Ortelli (Monaco), ex-Formula 1 driver Christian Klien (Austria), the German Marco Seefried, the Austrian Norbert Siedler, Markus Paltalla from Finland and one of the team’s star Lexus pilots from 2017, the Spaniard Albert Costa Balboa. Lorenz Frey, Team Principal, said: “Even though the Blancpain GT Series is not a new championship for us, it is still a new challenge to compete with two relatively new race cars. The team are highly motivated, we have strong drivers and can built upon the know-how from last year.” Ewan Shepherd, Director of Lexus in the UK, welcomed the news: “Emil Frey Lexus Racing have already proved the RC F GT3 is a race winner in Europe. It will be fantastic to see them racing at Brands Hatch and Silverstone in May this year, in the most competitive GT racing in Europe. Exhilarating performance is one of the key brand pillars of Lexus. We are looking to celebrate this through our involvement in the Blancpain GT Series.” The Lexus RC F GT3 was launched on the international racing scene in 2017, competing worldwide in top-level championships including the 24 Hours of Daytona and the IMSA series in North America, and Japan’s Super GT competition. Its first race in the 2018 Blancpain GT Series will be a Sprint Cup meeting at Zolder in Belgium on 6 April.
  11. Video: Lexus and Black Panther

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  12. In 2018, the VRC Melbourne Cup will have a new significance as it welcomes a new partner to its stables. Lexus, along with ambassador Kate Waterhouse, is proud to introduce the 2018 Lexus Melbourne...