Set for its world debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the Lexus UX Concept will show off a futuristic interior that looks like something straight out of a science-fiction movie. Features like an innovative, 3D Human Machine Interface (HMI) will give drivers a completely “immersive” experience.
A facetted crystal structure replaces the typical touchscreen setup, and does away with any sort of buttons or dials. The holographic display combines analogue and digital information on the vehicle to display to the user - air conditioning, infotainment, music, etc. - that drivers can interact with at the touch of their fingertips.
The instrument cluster, on the other hand, Lexus has replaced with a transparent, floating globe that reads speed and miles per gallon, connecting the information to the driver digitally. The door mirrors are replaced with cameras that can be viewed from the central globe, while the switchgear, windows, and door locks forgo buttons in place of electrostatic technology.
The overall design continues the futuristic theme. Dramatic angles on the dash and steering wheel accent the fin motif on the A pillar. That design continues on the seats and dash, acting as a sound bar that comes built into the passenger side of the vehicle.
The idea for this concept was “to create a new genre of compact crossover,” said Stephan Rasmussen, designer at European Design Center. “A Vehicle that could create something unique from a customer’s point of view - an innovative, three-dimensional, fully immersive user experience.”
That “new genre” of crossover will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show on October 1st, 2016.
Gallery: Lexus UX concept
A new Lexus compact crossover concept vehicle, the UX Concept, makes its world debut at the 2016 Paris motor show, showcasing Lexus' vision for a compact SUV of the future. The Lexus UX Concept represents a new step in the company's design journey and a redefinition of the driving experience.
The bold UX Concept design embodies imaginative, forward-thinking technologies to provide occupants with a fully immersive experience. All on-board HMI technology has been designed to offer progressive customers who live and work in an ever-connected environment an innovative, three-dimensional driver experience.
The driver's instrument binnacle houses a transparent globe, floating in the manner of a hologram, in which a combination of analogue and digital information express a functional yet unexpected user interface. And the centre console features a prominent, facetted crystal structure within which a hologram-style display of air-conditioning and infotainment system is clearly visible to both driver and front passenger.
The latest advanced in-vehicle electrical technologies are also on display in the new UX Concept. It features electro-chromatic windows, and the door mirrors are replaced by e-mirror camera housings far slimmer than conventional mirror housing. All switchgear is electrostatic, and housed under transparent covers.
Finally, the fin motif used on the A pillar is repeated on the dashboard to provide a new audio experience for the new generation Lexus customer―a demountable sound bar built into the passenger side of the dashboard.