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Touch-Friendly Crossover Concepts

The Lexus Lf-NX Features a Tactile Console and Hybrid Engine

— September 6, 2013 — Autos
Toyota's luxury arm just got a whole lot more interesting with the unofficial unveiling of the Lexus LF-NX. The hybrid crossover is set to officially debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but like all good show cars, it has shown itself a bit earlier. The sharply angled crossover is a hybrid and sports a futuristic touchscreen in place of its center console. The crossover appears to be designed for urbanites who occasionally leave the city and who are eco-conscious.

The Lexus LF-NX isn't built for speed; the front-wheel drive concept has a 2.5-liter engine good for 156 horsepower and an electric engine that kicks in another 44. Lexus is keeping quiet on the details of the LF-NX; expect to hear more when the concept is officially unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor show that starts on September 10.
Trend Themes
1. Touchscreen Technology - The Lexus LF-NX features a futuristic touchscreen console, highlighting the trend of touch-friendly interfaces in vehicles.
2. Hybrid Crossovers - The Lexus LF-NX is a hybrid crossover, showcasing the trend towards eco-conscious and fuel-efficient vehicles.
3. Urbanite-focused Design - The sharply angled design of the Lexus LF-NX caters to urbanites who occasionally venture out of the city, suggesting a trend towards vehicles that blend city functionality with off-road capabilities.
Industry Implications
1. Automotive - The automotive industry can take note of the trend towards touch-friendly interfaces in vehicles and eco-conscious design in hybrid crossovers like the Lexus LF-NX.
2. Technology - The technology industry has the opportunity to innovate and provide advanced touchscreens for vehicle consoles, improving the user experience and safety on the road.
3. Luxury Goods - The luxury goods industry can tap into the trend of urbanite-focused design and create products catered to urban dwellers seeking a blend of style and practicality, like the Lexus LF-NX.
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