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Paris 2016: Lexus UX Concept set to take on subcompact segment

The Toyota C-HR’s sophisticated cousin? By ,

Seemingly not content with the NX as its entry-level crossover, Lexus has come up with the new UX Concept, a uniquely styled subcompact crossover that will have its world premiere on September 29th at the 2016 Paris Auto Show.

Created at Lexus' European Design Centre, it stands out with a coupe-like profile, bulging fenders wrapped around massive wheels, and cameras in place of side-view mirrors. The company also promises “imaginative technologies for an immersive driver experience,” as well as a cabin that fuses “traditional craftsmanship with high-tech manufacturing techniques.”

We don’t know which markets would receive an eventual production model, but the Lexus UX Concept is supposedly “meant to appeal to a progressive, urban audience living in a connected environment.”

Could it serve as a luxurious variant of the equally bold Toyota C-HR, which goes on sale next year? Hopefully we’ll get the answer soon.

In related news, Lexus will introduce in Paris a brand new seat design that moves kinetically with occupant weight and external forces, thus improving ease of driving, comfort, and safety.