The latest model has been presented at Geneva Auto show, 2016 Lexus LF-SA. Last year Toyota’s luxury line celebrated its 25th anniversary and they revealed plenty of inspiring concepts to mark the occasion. This year started somewhat differently.
Presented in Geneva, 2016 Lexus LF-SA concept doesn’t really strike us as luxury vehicle at all. Extra small 3-door hatch fits more into Smart story and if Lexus really plans to make these types of cars in the future, this segment suddenly looks very promising indeed.
Under the Hood
Of course, as it happens with these kinds of all-new concepts, Lexus failed to inform us about LF-SA’s powertrain details. Now, judging by its size, we would predict a small 4-cylinder engine with reasonable power output and great fuel efficiency. Still, even this doesn’t have to be the right guess. There are smaller options yet which could enter the fray, and never exclude hybrid engine as well. Of course, there’s a lot of time before any of this happens and we’ll just have to wait and see.
Styling – Inside and Outside look
From design’s standpoint, 2016 Lexus LF-SA looks awkward and not really Lexusy. However, we’ve already mentioned this above. Presented in couple shades of metallic green, the car looks like a military vehicle, especially because of its overlapping futuristic design. There’s not much length to it and everything has been kept neat.
Front spindle grille is surprisingly large for the size of this concept and what to say about these sharp flared fenders. Midsection is short but it doesn’t fail to exhibit some angular creases. Starfish-like 8-spoke wheels look prominent as well, and rear end gets a hump with plenty of overlaps all over.
Needless to say, we didn’t get to see too much of interior for there isn’t much of it there. It is highly futuristic and furbished with contemporary materials. Beige and black have been chosen as colors, and most of touch-sensitive controls glow with bluish hue. Dashboard is as simple as they come because the car doesn’t feature many controls. Cabin is divided in two via very large center tunnel.
This divisional feature is highly unusual in such a small cars, but concepts usually give their designers the opportunity to experiment. In any case, it houses touch-sensitive controls which we already mentioned above, but other than that, there have been no words about the feature list.
2016 Lexus LF-SA Price and Release date
There’s still plenty of time for 2016 Lexus LF-SA to reach production phase and it is clear that the car will look much different than it does currently. We expect it to be offered with some rather fuel-efficient powertrain, whether of conventional or hybrid origin. Actual figures, however are still a long way down the road. The same goes for the price tag, but judging by its size, LF-SA might be the most affordable Lexus yet.
2016 Lexus LF-SA definitely looks like something that would be appreciated; not visually speaking though. Japanese luxury division could really use this practical, fuel-efficient car, but its design would have to go through an extensive revision before becoming production-ready. All in all, there’s still plenty of time for Lexus to develop their newest concept and we should sit down and relax.
The major rivals are: Audi A1 and BMW Series 1 .