The concept car that Lexus will show at Frankfurt this month has turned out to be a preview of the upcoming Lexus NX crossover after all, and not the Lexus RC Coupe. In traditional Lexus concept car nomenclature, the Frankfurt debutant is called the Lexus LF-NX Crossover Concept, and it previews an upcoming compact SUV that’s smaller than the current RX.

The name Lexus NX was first trademarked in October 2012, and we saw a prototype of the Lexus NX undergoing tests earlier this year near the Nurburging. Lexus used a heavily camouflaged body of a Lexus CT200h to test the NX running gear. You could tell it was not just a disguised CT200h because of the loftier ride height of the prototype.


The Lexus LF-NX concept is powered by a new variation of the Lexus Hybrid Drive full hybrid system. That’s all the technical details we have at the moment – the main thing that this concept reveals is the exterior and interior styling direction of the upcoming crossover.

The styling is very aggressive, with a very bold spindle grille dominating the face and highly sculpted exterior panels. The headlamps continue the design precedent set by the new Lexus IS which separates the daytime running lights from the main headlamp units.

The full Frankfurt 2013 madness will be happening next week, so stay tuned.