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Lexus has debuted its UX Concept in Paris. Designed by Toyota’s European Design Centre, ED2, the company says the vehicle explores the design direction for an upcoming compact SUV. Indications of the UX, expected to slot under the Lexus NX were already there earlier in the year – back in February, it was revealed that Lexus had trademarked the name in Australia.

The automaker says the design study presents a strongly differentiated identity that is meant to appeal to a progressive, urban audience living in a connected environment. It signals the intention to attract a wider range of buyers – in this case younger, ever-connected urban customers, or Urbanites – to the brand for the first time.

Measuring in at 4,400 mm long, 1,900 mm wide and 1,520 mm tall, with a 2,640 mm-long wheelbase, the four-seater concept’s exterior is finished in a newly-developed Immersive Amethyst colour.

Design novelties include a see-through A-pillar made up of transparent polycarbonate fins attached to an aluminium member and a unique 21-inch wheel and tyre fusion design, with the tyre wall embossed in such a way that it looks like the spokes of the wheel continue into the rubber, presenting the wheel and tyre as a unified form rather than separate elements.

Inside, the UX Concept showcases a host of tech, and these are led by the company’s Kinetic Seat Concept, which attempts to rethink the way car seats are designed and constructed. All the switchgear in the car is electrostatic, and housed under transparent covers.

Also on, electro-chromatic windows, and the door mirrors are replaced by e-mirror camera housings far slimmer than conventional mirror housing, with left and right e-mirror images displayed on internal screens.