Lexus LF-SA Geneva Live 14

The Lexus LF-SA concept, revealed last week when the first images of the car leaked on to the Net, has made its official debut in Geneva. The automaker first hinted that it was serious in exploring the small city car route in Paris last year, and the ultra-compact urban 2+2 study takes the first step towards bringing such a vehicle into production.

Conceptualised by Lexus’ ED2 European design studio, the LF-SA measures in at 3,400 mm long, 1,700 mm wide and 1,430 mm, and the exterior bears many Lexus design cues, led by an edgy-looking angular pattern spindle grille. Plenty of concave and convex surfaces too, and there’s no missing those wheel arches.

The LF-SA’s cabin layout, complete with sweeping dashboard, prioritises the driver – the driver’s seat is fixed, with an adjustable steering wheel and pedals providing the necessary fit. Access to the rear seats are via the slide-adjustable front passenger seat. Tech bits mentioned include a hologram-style digital display incorporated in the instrument binnacle and a wide-angle head-up display.

No further details have been bandied about for the study, but the intent in bringing out a compact car to go up against the likes of the Polo-based Audi A1 and three- and five-door MINIs is now very clear. Touted to be based on the Toyota Yaris, the series production Lexus city car is likely to arrive sometime in 2018.