By on February 28, 2015

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Although it looks like a Lexus version of the Toyota iQ, the LF-SA concept is intended to be a rival to the Mini, Audi A1 and other premium A/B segment cars in Europe. Pray that the production version doesn’t look like this.

 

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63 Comments on “Geneva 2015: Lexus LF-SA Leaks...”


  • avatar
    kvndoom

    I had to log in from wifi at this restaurant just to say this may be the most ridicuous car I’ve ever seen. This think makes the Juke looks like an Aston. Yikes!

    • 0 avatar

      I agree with you. After driving the BMW i8, I must say that these car designers really need to put more thought into the door designs. Look at this thing…How could anyone get into that???

      Who are you supposed to be?

      The MASTER CHIEF???

      Gull Wing doors probably make more sense if you can secure ceiling clearance.

      There needs to be as little hinderance to leg entrance as possible. Low to the ground, and unhindered leg clearance.

    • 0 avatar
      Joss

      +1
      Looks like a dung beetle.

      • 0 avatar
        JK43123

        Certainly agree with the dung part.

        John

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        @Joss,
        It would probably need 4 Lo so it can climb up and roll the balls of sh!t.

        https://adlayasanimals.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/dung-beetle_00396751-1024×768.jpg

        I wonder if two of these “Lexus Sh!t Beetles” will fight over a turd?

        But they do make the ATS and CTS look very good, what do you think DeadWeight?

      • 0 avatar
        GeneralMalaise

        Why do so many Japanese and Korean made car designs resemble monster insects from the Godzilla movie franchise? Regrettably bad trend.

        • 0 avatar
          Lorenzo

          It’s not just the Asian designers, and it’s not a new trend. I’m old enough to remember some of the American design studies of the late ’50s to mid-’60s, and they were similarly “out there”.

          The difference is that traditional manufacturing processes made them impossible to mass produce back then. Modern manufacturing and assembly, much of it pioneered by the Japanese, is more flexible and enables these designs to be within the realm of possibility, at least in small volume runs.

          Where American management was able to shoot down even the possible designs that strayed too far from the ordinary, Asian makers have management that’s more open to the unusual designs, possibly for the reason you cited – their familiarity with their own movie and toy tradition.

  • avatar

    I sort of though it looked cool.

    Then I finished cleaning off my glasses and put them back on.

  • avatar
    SELECTIVE_KNOWLEDGE_MAN

    Lexus would once again show that it isn’t scared of coming out with something really polarizing if they released this. Luckily the NX showed us that Lexus cares more about the bottom line than the B&B.

    “Pray that the production version doesn’t look like this.”

    Thanks for your input. May I substitute it with a non-conforming one?

  • avatar
    energetik9

    The close up of that grill made me cringe. I wasn’t sure Lexus could make the grill any worse and then I saw this thing.

  • avatar

    yikes

  • avatar
    Davekaybsc

    Does this mean they’re shooting a Minority Report sequel?

  • avatar
    Fred

    That boring A1 is looking pretty good now isn’t it?

    • 0 avatar
      Wodehouse

      Not really. Not even the most obnoxious looking car can make that blandtastic Audi design look either good or interesting.

    • 0 avatar
      tekdemon

      No, this is far more interesting than the A1 or the A3 which just look like small cars with the family styling jammed into them despite weird proportions. This design might not be generically pretty but the car fully embraces it’s styling and frankly it says that you’re bold enough that you frankly don’t care what people think about your styling. I’m not saying it looks good, but I’m saying it’s far more interesting and bold than an A1 or A3. Lexus buyers probably don’t want to just lease a me too German luxury car and this concept basically embraces that to the max. It’s not trying to copy European luxury sedans, it’s a hyper aggressively styled Lexus.

  • avatar
    Wodehouse

    I love it. It ain’t pretty but it is extremely interesting and fun. Can’t say that about the styrofoam cooler inspired A1, or the over-steroid MINI. Opel’s Adam is still cool, though. If Toyota brings something close to this stateside I’d buy one in a heartbeat, in a more interesting color, though.

  • avatar
    wmba

    As the supply of LSD is drip-filtered slowly into the drinking water supply of Japan, repulsive insectoid-like vehicle styling has become the norm.

    Luckily for the manufacturers and their export hopes, there are at least some Americans who disregard such major faux pas, regarding it instead as adventurous and sporting, something they can plant into the urban landscape to prevent attempts at beautification. These people in the past distinguished themselves by purchasing Cubes and Jukes. But now, all Toyotas and Nissans have joined in the wackiness. We salute them.

    http://www.whackedoutbrains.com/upside_down_is_right_side_up_when_you_stand_on_your_head.html

  • avatar
    anti121hero

    Sweet jesus what is this atrocity?

  • avatar
    TW5

    As far as two-seat golf carts go, this is one of the cooler designs. However, if I’m going to drive a microcar for commuting, I prefer something along the lines of the VW Nils or the Audi Urban Concept.

    Side by side seating just adds drag. Front-back seating layout or staggered seating layout eliminates the need for complicated hybrid propulsion to achieve CAFE. KISS

  • avatar
    wolfman3k5

    Looks like poop-on-wheels.

  • avatar
    GranMarkeez

    What in hell were they thinking?
    What in hell were they smoking?

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      What are they thinking. We’re Lexus baby – just phone it in and cash the checks. Consumer Reports and JD Power say we’re tops in quality and people will just buy it. Oh, and even better, we can charge a premium for the privilege.

      That’s what they’re thinking.

  • avatar
    05lgt

    If they go all in and back the design up with poison arrow frog color schemes it might get some US sales in states with legalized recreational marijuana. I had to finish coughing after gasping in soda when the image loaded.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    So after Pontiac, the designers who gave you the Aztek went to Acura, and now apparently after being jettisoned from there, the same group has arrived at Lexus.

    Can we just burn them with fire.

    • 0 avatar
      Mr. Orange

      I really doubt the Aztec folks were capable of doing something as appalling as this. This is so far beyond ugly to even compare.

      I think it as being safe to say this is the new definitions of ugle.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    Its like a modern Toyota Tercel, but without a bumper.

  • avatar
    StaysCrunchy

    “Pray that the production version doesn’t look like this.”

    Eh, I dunno. I actually kinda like it!

  • avatar
    carguy

    Why even consider a Lexus in this vehicle class? It’s not like that the iQ or SMART cars are breaking sales records. I suspect that making a city car more luxurious and more expensive will only shrink its potential target audience.

  • avatar
    Mr. Orange

    I never thought you could use a Sea Lamphry or a tunnel boring machine mixed with a blind mole as inspiration.

    Lexus I must say, you have expanded my ideas as to what can be used for inspiration. Never again will i see those weird and unusual creatures on National Geographic as being uninspiring.

  • avatar

    I would purchase a forward looking, risky designed car such as this Lexus any day over a conservative, same sausage different sizes, Audi.

    Many times good looking cars progressive design cars are rejected by buyers because they are pushing the design envelope. Take BMW during the era of Chris Bangle. Those sharp cut lines are the norm now. And looking back at his cars, many are not so controversial looking now.

  • avatar
    ...m...

    …i like it; i think it’s cool!..sure, the lexus maw is still a hideous atrocity, but it actually kind of works in this design, and i respect toyota for trying to break new ground with coherent styling: that’s a refreshing return to form for them…

    …pods are the future, man…

  • avatar
    Kevin Jaeger

    It looks like a mutant creature that emerged from a radioactive pond.

    If they keep producing stuff like this we might be forced to nuke them again.

  • avatar
    05lgt

    So, was Templin lying when he said (way back in July) a sub 30k Lexus couldn’t be a Lexus, or will this crapcan cost over 30k?
    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/generation-sub-30k-car-wouldnt-lexus/

  • avatar
    Luke42

    It looks like a kitten, from the same planet as The Predator…

    • 0 avatar
      Luke42

      But please tell me that the window and the gray outline in the door opens the same way as the window and door in a Piper Cub.

      I’ve flown a Piper Cub with the door open, and it was awesome.

  • avatar
    87 Morgan

    I for one hope this turd makes it to a dealers lot near me soon.

    I find great amusement with cars like this, the smart car, nissan cross cabriolet hideous thing and a couple of others that are around. Kind of like the automotive equivalent of Walmart. I always feel better about myself upon leaving, suddenly I am a bit more handsome, a lot more in shape etc.

    My wife will love this thing, she has not much concern for things automotive but I have heard her in multiple occasions commenting on the guys that drive lexus convertibles.

  • avatar
    SCfanboy

    One heck of a DLO fail, huh Sajeev? And under the window!

    Seriously though, Lexus is getting closer and closer to a fax machine on wheels.

  • avatar
    Da Coyote

    Should Not Lexus designers be burned at the stake? (LS 400 excepted, of course.)

  • avatar
    gasser

    Makes me want to puke.
    Photos should be copywritten as weight control aids.

  • avatar
    mkirk

    Why must every automaker fill every niche…except of course for those of us wanting a not giant offroady BOF SUV? Xterra dies, 4runner gets uglier and pricer, Jeep gets pricier and my Landcruiser becomes Rosie Odonell on wheels, but we get this tiny Lexus? I guess I am just too old to get it.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    Personally I don’t consider these very appealing to the eye.

    The design might make for a cute RC vehicle for a 5 year old.

    But, someone would buy one.

    Maybe a bucket on the front like a little Bobcat would make them useful. You need something to hide those butt ugly Lexus grilles.

  • avatar
    blueflame6

    Car Enthusiasts: “Hey Lexus, stop making such boring, derivative cars. Be yourself, go your own way!”

    Lexus: “Okay fine.”

    (…)

    Car Enthusiasts: “No, wait! Not like that! I meant you should do your own thing but in the way I like it.”

    Lexus: *sigh*

    The older I get the more car enthusiasts remind me of music enthusiasts who just can’t seem to like music made after they turned 25. The bitching sounds exactly the same: “Why is music today such crap? I’m perfectly happy listening to the good stuff like Zeppelin.” “Why are cars today so ugly? Nothing will ever top a late ’90s 3-series.”

    Automotive design is fashion with a lot of engineering constraints and nobody sets out to design an ugly car. And, despite the way that a lot of people seem to talk, “good looking” isn’t a quantifiable specification you can just design to. It’s straightforward to make something bland but if you want something a bit bolder you’ve just got to accept that it’s going also be a bit polarizing. For example, everybody seems to be falling over themselves to praise the new Ford GT but I honestly think it’s not very good at all. A bold design that you don’t like isn’t necessarily ugly, it’s just that it doesn’t appeal to you. The people who designed it probably have a different set of priorities than you, and that’s fine. As a general rule, people who design cars aren’t idiots.

    • 0 avatar
      cpthaddock

      You make a lot of valid points very intelligently. I do believe there’s an additional perspective to consider, and that’s along the lines of Enstein’s definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.

      While I applaud these companies for making bold statements, there are some prime offenders who seem to manage to keep getting variations on the same terrible results, time after time.

      Using the musical metaphor, some companies keep producing the automotive equivalent of Rebecca Black’s “Friday”, Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” or Europe’s “The Final Countdown”. They throw a buttload of money and talented people at project and have every reason to expect greatness, but this is what they get instead.

      Where my understanding and forgiveness ends, is when they do this over and over again. That people pay good money for these complete and utter design turds is inexplicable.

  • avatar
    05lgt

    Hey Derek, any chance of anyone questioning Lexus boss Mark Templin about the apparent disparity between this projects timeline and his July 2014 quote to Automotive news you included in your story back then?
    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/generation-sub-30k-car-wouldnt-lexus/

  • avatar
    carlisimo

    I love it. I mean, it’s insane, but this is the right segment in which to be insane. I don’t think it’s possible to make a car of this size look elegant – it’s either boring or wild.

  • avatar
    baconator

    The shape and proportions are actually pretty nifty for a car of this class. Compared to a Mercedes B-class or Audi A2, this has much more of a hood, and the angle of the rear backlight makes it look both cute and speedy (designers would probably use the current cliche of “dynamic”).

    The surfacing of the fenders around the rear wheels is also really interesting, and anything that emphasizes the wheel is going to make a car look more sporty.

    I’m baffled at the shape of the contrasting “tattoo” area below the side glass – why does it have vertices? why are the vertices where they are, referencing nothing else on the surface? But that looks like something that wouldn’t make it into production anyway.

    That grille, though. Hoo boy, does that ruin the whole thing.

  • avatar
    Marcus36

    I will take one in red please…

  • avatar
    cpthaddock

    The big news here is that Lexus has invented a real life shrink ray, an automotive “Shrinky Dink”, and applied it to the BMW X6.

  • avatar
    Firestorm 500

    My 7-month old grandson has a toy car that looks something like this.

  • avatar

    “Lexus LF-SA Leaks”

    Someone should fix the weatherstripping then.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    This may be one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen.

    If they want to build something future-wacky, just do the concept car from Minority Report. It was super cool.

    http://lexusisforums.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/dafg.jpg

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Why is this a thing?


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