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Subaru Viziv 2 Concept Debut at Geneva Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, March 13th, 2014

With the 2014 Geneva Motor Show winding down to a close, there are just a few Japanese cars left that we haven’t covered. Today, we’re going to take a look at the newest vehicle from Subaru – the eco-friendly Viziv 2 Concept.

Subaru Viziv 2 Concept Front

Fittingly, we saw the original Subaru Viziv Concept at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, so the concept has effectively come full circle. As we discussed in our preview post, the Subaru Viziv 2 Concept is likely to eventually replace the outgoing Subaru Tribeca.

The Subaru Viziv 2 Concept is a very ‘green’ vehicle with enormous consideration for fuel economy. It’s a plug-in hybrid that adopts an efficient all-wheel-drive system, which uses a low-displacement 1.6L diesel engine and a single electric motor to power the front wheels, with two independent electric motors for each rear wheel. Not only does this allow for some interesting driving dynamics, it also allows the Subaru Viziv 2 Concept to operate solely on electric power at low speeds.

But, the fuel economy extends beyond just the engine and the motor. The concept also uses a highly efficient stop-start system to sip fuel only when needed. In addition, it features a new “Eco Cruise Mode” which automatically detects road conditions to ensure optimal use of the diesel engine.

So, clearly the new Subaru Viziv 2 Concept is a technologically advanced car with excellent fuel economy. But, what about the rest of the car? After all, good gas mileage only goes so far with today’s drivers.

Subaru Viziv 2 Concept Front 2

As you can see, the Viziv 2 also adopts an aggressive aesthetic, much more pronounced than the original Viziv Concept. Both the front (above) and the rear (below) feature an interesting LED configuration that almost look like some sort of futuristic jet-thrusters, the kind you’d see on a space ship or Iron Man.

Subaru Viziv 2 Rear View

Everything from the tires to the headlights to the windows and beltline have been adjusted from the original Viziv, and we have to say, we like the overall direction that Subaru is going. Unfortunately, with the aesthetics in particular, we have to take everything with a grain of salt. Subaru is notorious for showcasing extremely impressive looking concepts that become droll and drab on their way to production. Let’s hope that that isn’t the case with the Subaru Viziv 2.

In addition to the design, Subaru has also given considerable thought to the car’s interior. One of the biggest complaints with the Subaru Tribeca was its cramped rear seating… Subaru has clearly put effort into the Viziv 2’s interior to make sure that’s not a problem with this vehicle.

Subaru Viziv 2 Interior View

All in all, the Subaru Viziv 2 Concept certainly lives up to the hype set by the original teaser images. However, we can’t help but be the slightest bit skeptical when it comes to Subaru. After all, the new WRX ended up quite a bit more boring than the original concept, although Subaru did make it substantially more affordable than the outgoing WRX, so perhaps it evens out. Either way, we will likely see the production-ready variant of the Viziv 2 by the end of the year, so stay tuned to see how this one pans out.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge to Move from Concept to Prototype

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge

The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge made its first official debut earlier this year at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show. No one could argue that it was a great looking car, and yet Infiniti promised more… The concept originally debuted without powertrain specifications, but Infiniti pledged that would change sometime soon.

Well, ‘soon’ came last week at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show where Infiniti premiered a revised version of their Q50 Eau Rouge, this time with an insanely powerful engine. In fact, it wasn’t just any engine – it was the very same engine as we’ve seen in the Nissan GT-R, a twin-turbo 3.8L V6. Except, in the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge the engine gets a 15hp boost up to 560hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. Of course, this is still dwarfed by the 600hp GT-R NISMO, but you can’t expect Nissan to let any car outshine their newly launched crown jewel.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Engine

In addition to the amped up engine, the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge also gets the GT-R’s AWD platform with a static 50-50 torque distribution. All of this gives us a monstrous sedan that can allegedly sprint from 0 to 60 in under 4 seconds, with a top speed of 180mph. And you’ll make your way up to that top speed with a 7-speed gearbox.

According to Johan de Nysschen, Infiniti’s president, the high-performance concept is the natural progression of the Q50 Eau Rouge. He explained that, “A car with such pronounced styling treatments demands the very best in terms of high-performance powertrains, which is why we installed the V6 twin-turbocharged, seven-speed combination as an example of what a potential powertrain for the Q50 Eau Rouge may look and sound like.”

Speaking of sound, go ahead and indulge yourself with the video below. It’s a little bit of ear candy that we know you’ll enjoy:

Unfortunately, when the super sedan was shown at the Geneva Motor Show, we were disappointed to learn that Infiniti was explicitly NOT confirming the Eau Rouge for production. However, just one week later, de Nysschen has given us reason to breathe a sigh of relief.

In an interview with Autocar, he put it simply: “This is now an official project.”

Infiniti is now moving the car one step closer to production by expressing their intention to build a prototype model. De Nysschan elaborated, saying, “There are many things to look at, details like the different vibration harmonics that result when you take an engine designed for one application and fit it in another.”

If the super Q50 did eventually make it to production, it would be the most powerful Infiniti model by far, and we’re certainly hoping that will come to pass. In the meantime, Infiniti did confirm that they’ll unleash a not-quite-as-exciting 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with 211 hp into their normal Q50 models later this year. Honestly, we’re hoping that we see this Q50 Eau Rouge prototype by then too.

Mazda Hazumi Concept is Everything We Hoped for & More

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Mazda Hazumi concept - Geneva Motor Show 2014

Coming into the 2014 Geneva motor show, we boldly claimed that the new Mazda Hazumi Concept would be the most exciting car of the show. Now, having seen the car in the metal, we stand by our prediction. While it may not be quite as flashy as the supercars coming from the likes of Ferrari or Mercedes, the Hazumi makes up for it by being an all-around excellent concept that’s reportedly very close to production.

Yes, you heard that right; where most automakers tend to over-promise with their show cars, the only changes between the Mazda Hazumi Concept and the next-gen Mazda2 will be minor aesthetic details such as the headlights, wheels, and door handles. This is the same tactic Mazda used with the Kodo-themed Mazda6 and CX-5, so it’s safe to assume that the overall aggressive design – intended to evoke a sort of predatory animal – will remain intact.

Instead, the biggest changes between the Hazumi and the eventual Mazda2 will likely come from the interior. As you can see below, the Hazumi concept actually features a surprisingly luxurious interior with intricate leather stitching and a bevy of high-tech features. If these features – the leather stitching in particular – remain in the new 2, it seems likely that they’d be relegated to a premium trim package.

Mazda Hazumi concept interior - Geneva Motor Show 2014

Even if the eventual production hatchback loses some flair, Mazda assures us that the eventual production model will feature an interior focused on craftsmanship, safety and connectivity.

As far as mechanics, Mazda hasn’t made any specific claims for the production Mazda2. However, the Hazumi was shown alongside a brand-new, highly efficient diesel engine. It’s the SKYACTIV-D 1.5, and it’s basically a smaller, cleaner version of the engine currently featured in the Mazda CX-5. The car also apparently utilizes Mazda’s i-STOP and i-ELOOP systems for stop-start functionality and regenerative braking capabilities, respectively. Taken together, these technologies reportedly allow the Hazumi to achieve CO2 emissions below 90g/km. Although Mazda hasn’t made any specific claims, it’s estimated that the new Mazda2 will be able to achieve at least 50mpg, if not more.

The engine, will be mated to an automatic transmission within a lightweight chassis developed specifically for the new compact hatchback. This means that the Mazda2 will meet Europe’s Euro 6 regulations without breaking a sweat, but also without sacrificing any fun-factor. Mazda reports that the engine maintains consistent torque throughout its rev range. However, an unspecified 1.5L petrol may be used for non-European customers.

Last, but not least, the Hazumi Concept also features all of Mazda’s latest safety technologies, including i-Activesense forward collision mitigation and lane departure warning. It’ll also get the entertainment goods too, such as Mazda’s MZD Connect smartphone-compatible infotainment system. Interior images indicate this system may even extend to rear passengers.

All in all, what makes the Mazda Hazumi Concept so exciting is just how close to production it’s reported to be. Even if the new Mazda2 only inherits 80% of the aesthetic and technological features seen in this show car, we’d be thrilled, and we’re guessing that most European drivers would be too. There’s no reason to believe that the next Mazda2 will do anything but improve Mazda’s European market position.

Geneva Motor Show: 2015 Nissan Juke & Juke NISMO RS

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, March 6th, 2014

The 2014 Geneva Motor Show is in full swing, so we’ve got a jam-packed week of automotive news in front of us. With that in mind, let’s skip the introduction and jump right into the newest Japanese cars to make their premiere. Today, we’re looking at Nissan and the two most important cars they brought to the show:

The ‘New’ Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke at Geneva Show 2014

Nissan’s ‘New Juke’ is set to go on sale in June, and this is the European spec’ production model. Don’t like the color? Don’t worry – this Juke was developed with personalization in mind. In fact, Nissan started their R&D for the new Juke with their fans in mind; they polled Juke drivers to find the most common areas where it lacked, and they made a point of fixing those issues in the new model.

So, what changed?

Surprisingly, after all the hype with concealed images, the exterior aesthetics of the 2015 Nissan Juke remain largely the same. The biggest change is a new sunroof – one of the customer requests – which retracts over the top of the car.

The headlights and taillights have also been modified, along with the updated Nissan-style grille. The bumper has been slightly smoothed out, but again, nothing major. Perhaps coolest of all are the new 18-inch alloy wheels with color accents. The accents are actually separate inserts, which can be altered to fit your preference. The same is true of the side mirrors and side sills, as well as much of the interior. The front-wheel drive models also get an enlarged trunk.

Under the hood there’s more significant change — the new Nissan juke gets an all-around more efficient engine with cleaner emissions. It’s a 113bhp 1.2L turbocharged petrol that actually outputs more torque than its 1.6L predecessor. The 1.5L diesel and 1.6L petrol will also be carried over to the new model, but their emissions have been significantly lowered.

Nissan Juke NISMO RS

Nissan Juke Nismo RS

We were really impressed by the new Nissan Juke NISMO RS; it looks incredible. It takes all the bubbly quirkiness of the regular Juke and hones it down to something simultaneously bolder and more refined. This new NISMO RS model will top the line for the Juke as the most expensive trim package in the lineup. But, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

Specifically, the new Juke NISMO RS gets new boomerang head- and taillights, as well as a new mesh Nissan grille. More importantly, it gets an improved 1.6L turbo that’s 18hp more powerful than the current Juke NISMO.

The compact crossover gets extensive upgrades to the rest of its mechanical innards too, from a new Limited Slip Differential in the front to a tougher CVT, larger brakes and improved springs, along with an all-around stiffer chassis. It also gets a new exhaust, new RS badging, along with Alcantara interior trim and Recaro bucket seats.

All in all, both the 2015 Nissan Juke and the new Nissan Juke NISMO RS look quite impressive. The regular Juke didn’t feature quite as many changes as we were expecting from all the hype, but it will surely sell just as well as its predecessor, if not better. As for the new Juke NISMO RS, it surpassed all expectations. It looks amazing, and we’re sure it’ll be a blast to drive.

As always, thanks for reading, and stay tuned later this week for more Japanese car news!

Top 6 Japanese Cars Coming to the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

In Europe, the first hours of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show have already passed, and several new cars have already been unveiled. As the rest of the week unfolds, these are the top five Japanese cars to look out for from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show:

#1. Next-Gen Toyota Aygo

We’ve received new teasers of the upcoming Toyota Aygo since our original blog post on the new car. Just remind you, this is the car that was developed in collaboration with French auto group Peugot-Citroen, and it has a distinctly European feel to it as a result. Toyota has gone the extra mile to differentiate their city car from their French partners, however, with the Aygo getting a distinct rear end and window configuration from the Peugot 108 or Citroen C1.

#2. Mazda Hazumi Concept

Mazda Hazumi Concept Geneva Show 2014

This is another car that we’ve received a new teaser for since our original blog post. The concept heralds the new Mazda2 city car, which is actually a common theme throughout the Geneva motor show… Almost every car from Japanese automakers or otherwise is either a city car or a super car. That’s Europe for ya.

In our opinion, the Mazda Hazumi Concept is the single most exciting car to look out for, but that could be our indescribable bias towards Mazda speaking.

#3 & #4. New Nissan Juke & GT-R NISMO

Nissan is actually bringing two new vehicles to the Geneva Motor Show this year, although the Nissan GT-R NISMO is only making its European debut, not its worldwide one. As for the new Nissan Juke, we wrote about it here, and since then Nissan has continued to release more and more teasers through social media participation. The latest image to be teased is pictured below, this one revealing a possible sunroof:

#5 & #6. Lexus RC F Sports Coupe & GT3 Racing Concept

Lexus RC 350F Sport

Last, but not least, we have the new Lexus RC F SPORT, an extremely appealing sports coupe that’s taken influence from the old Lexus LFA supercar both in technology and design. It looks extremely promising, but if you can believe it, Lexus is actually bringing something even more appealing to go along with it.

We hinted at in our teaser post – it’s the Lexus RC F GT3 Racing Concept (below), and it’s basically a souped-up RC F SPORT coupe with shimmering holographic decals and a huge rear spoiler, along with several other performance enhancements. And it has real-world application too; Lexus plans to race the RC F GT3 in the Japanese Super GT Series later this year.

Lexus RC F GT3 Racing Concept

All in all, there’s a lot to look forward to from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Stay tuned throughout the rest of the week for in-depth coverage of all the sweetest new Japanese cars from Europe’s biggest automotive event of the year.

Lexus RC 350 F SPORT Coupe Coming to Geneva Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Lexus RC 350F Sport

Lexus has just officially previewed their newest addition to the Lexus RC coupe lineup ahead of the Geneva Motor Show next week. It’s the Lexus RC 350 F SPORT, and as you can see, it looks pretty swell. As you continue reading, we’ll go through the press release and other sources to give you a good idea of what to expect when the car makes its official debut next Tuesday.

As you can see, the Lexus RC 350 F SPORT features a substantially enhanced look over the standard RC coupe. Most notably, it gets the signature F SPORT mesh spindle grille and exclusive 19-inch F SPORT alloy wheels, complete with gun-metal finish and dark metallic paint.

But, as great as the RC 350 F SPORT looks from the exterior, it looks even better from within.

Lexus RC 350F Sport Interior

Notice the vibrant Rioja red leather and silver trim coupled with the black perforated leather around the steering wheel, creating a simultaneously luxurious and edgy interior design. That front dash looks like it’s hiding a plethora of new features and technologies, but we’ll have to wait for Geneva to find out for sure. However, if you look closely at the center console you’ll see a feature which some of our readers may recognize from the old Lexus LFA supercar. It’s a moving center ring which allows the driver to shift into Sport+ driving mode. While in this driving mode, the Lexus RC 350 F SPORT coupe essentially heightens its senses, reportedly, “allowing the driver to feel improved body control and precise responses to steering input.”

Even without Sport+ mode though, the Lexus RC 350 F SPORT boasts vastly improved driving operation. This is largely due to the advanced Adaptive Variable Suspension which will automatically adjust the dampening on all four wheels depending on the vehicle’s motion and road surface conditions. This, coupled with the Lexus Dynamic Handling system – a combination of Dynamic Rear Steering and Variable Gear Ratio Steering – make for a car that performs even better than it looks. Basically, the Dynamic Handling System allows the RC 350 F SPORT to slightly adjust the angle of the front and rear wheels independently for that slight edge in handling at both high and low speeds.

We don’t know too much about the technology featured in the powertrain itself, but we know that it will be a 306hp V6 with RWD and 277lb-ft of torque at 4800 rpm. We’re sure that Lexus will reveal even more when the newest RC Coupe officially debuts next week in Geneva. Lexus also apparently has another RC F-related surprise for us, so you’ll have to stay tuned next week to see exactly what that is.

Until then, thanks for reading!

Nissan Slow Rolls the New Nissan Juke Ahead of Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Friday, February 28th, 2014

Nissan Juke Geneva Show 2014

To build hype for the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, Nissan has released a single, vague teaser photo of their new Nissan Juke. At first glance, the photo doesn’t give us very much insight into the upcoming debut. In fact, it looks more like a Persian rug. However, with a bit of in-depth examination, our image processing scientists have been able to form a more accurate picture of Nissan’s redesigned B-segment crossover.

Before we go any further, though, let’s make sure you know exactly what we’re comparing the teaser to. Below you’ll find an up-to-date picture of the 2014 Nissan Juke:

2014 Nissan Juke

As you may know, the Nissan Juke originally launched back in 2010, and since then it has gained an avid following especially among European drivers. A highly advanced powertrain, excellent drivability, an above-average interior and, most importantly, a distinctly alluring aesthetic have all helped make the Juke one of the most beloved new cars, Japanese or otherwise, of the past decade.

So, what does Nissan want to do with the new Nissan Juke?

According to the press release, Nissan is promising “even more striking design, improved efficiency and enhanced refinement,” as well as, “advanced technology and greater practicality.” At the risk of setting the bar too high, it sounds like the new Juke will be better in every way than the outgoing model.

Nissan has also added an interesting twist to this teaser. In an ingenious marketing move, the Japanese automaker will allow its fans to “interact with Nissan on social media to ‘earn’ and ever clearer glimpse of the exciting new crossover.”

In other words, as people retweet/like/share Nissan’s content on their respective social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), Nissan will offer more and more information about the new Juke.

Today, just one day after the original image, Nissan has already gotten enough social action to warrant a second teaser. This one showcases the rear of the vehicle, something which was completely obscured in the first image.

Between the two teaser images, we can glean a couple important points about the new Nissan Juke…

First, it appears that most of the aesthetic changes will be to the front and rear of the vehicle. The crossover’s side profile as seen in the first teaser looks largely identical to the 2014MY. However, those changes to the front and rear will make the car even more distinct, even more aggressive, than its current design. Already we can see enlarged wheel arches, plus a more muscular rear bumper and taillight configuration.

As far as powertrains go, the current Juke features a 1.6L four-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged engine paired with a CVT (although a manual transmission is available with FWD-only). This is actually a pretty advanced engine for a non-premium brand, so we expect even more from the new Nissan Juke next week.

If you’d like to learn more, we recommend that you keep yourself tuned into Nissan’s various social profiles. They’re sure to unveil more of the Nissan Juke before the car makes its premiere next week. However, we’ll cover the car in full once it’s been unveiled, so you can also just stay tuned until then.

Mazda Hazumi Concept Previewed Ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Mazda Hazumi Concept Geneva Show 2014

The 2014 Geneva Motor Show is precisely one week away, so the entire online automotive community is awash with all sorts of teasers and previews for new cars and concepts. The latest and greatest Japanese car preview to come across our desk is that of the new Mazda Hazumi Concept, a small car with the potential to make a big impact for the underdog automaker.

As you might guess, the Hazumi Concept is a preview for Mazda’s next-gen subcompact vehicle, the Mazda2. The name Hazumi actually means “bound” or “spring up” in Japanese, so, as Mazda points out, it’s a name “well-suited to a small car that appears to be bursting with energy”. As long as it’s not like one of those annoying little yip yip dogs that always tries to bight your ankles.

Honestly, the above teaser alone would have been enough to get us thoroughly excited for the Mazda Hazumi Concept, but the upcoming Mazda2 is also a car to be excited about.

As you can see even from the official image alone, the car is clearly an excellent representation of Mazda’s award-winning Kodo design language, which in and of itself is largely responsible for the brand’s recent resurgence. In short, the Mazda2 seeks to follow suit with the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5 – it’s simultaneously elegant and appetizing, the kind of car you’d want to be seen driving.

As far as tech-specs, Mazda has remained entirely quiet on the subject. However, the press release does indicate that Mazda will also debut a new SKYACTIV-D engine at the Geneva Motor Show next week. It’ll be a 1.5L clean diesel with unspecified power output. Obviously, it’s safe to assume that this newly developed small-displacement engine will be a perfect fit for Mazda’s newest subcompact; at least, it’ll be a perfect fit in the European market where diesels do well. Even if it’s not, though, you can bet that the new Mazda2 will be even more fun to drive than the current generation, which is saying something given the current Mazda2’s already-excellent reviews.

Last, but not least, Mazda will also have a 25th anniversary exhibit for their iconic Mazda MX-5 Miata, showcasing their incredibly successful roadster and how it’s changed (or, more likely, how it’s remained the same) over the years.

All in all, we’re extremely excited for Mazda’s contribution to the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. With three major exhibits slated for the event, there’s certainly plenty to look forward to. In all honesty, we expect that the Mazda Hazumi Concept will be one of the chief highlights of the entire motor show, from a Japanese automaker or otherwise, so stay tuned next week when we get to see the full reveal.

And, until then, thanks for reading!

2015 Nissan Juke Spied in Testing Ahead of Geneva Debut

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

We all know that the 2014 Chicago Auto Show is later this week, but this story is one that we just had to get in on, even though it’s about a car we won’t see for at least another month. In fact, that’s precisely why we’re covering it now – we’ve just seen unofficial spyshots of the 2015 Nissan Juke, and we wanted you to be the first to know.

Apparently, the spy photos were taken while the new Nissan Juke was doing some live testing around Spain’s Jerez Circuit. The next Nissan Juke isn’t slated to go on sale until sometime in June, so this is actually a pretty big leak. The car is scheduled to make its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next March.

So, what’s new in next year’s version of the ever-popular Nissan Juke?

Well, honestly, not all that much. At least from what we can tell right now. For comparison, here’s the 2014 Nissan Juke as it stands right now:

Nissan Juke 2013

It’s hard to see any noteworthy changes. But they’re there.

For starters, the front bumper has been slightly modified; it’s more pinched in the new version, and also looks like it features some new air intakes and a revised front air dam. In addition, the grille has been reshaped to fit the aesthetic themes we saw in the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept last month in Detroit. That means its smaller and V-shaped.

It also looks like the wheel arches may have been altered in some way, and there may also be some new headlights underneath all that camouflage, although it’s difficult to tell for sure.

From the back, it’s clear from the camouflage that some changes have been made, but again, it’s difficult to put your finger on exactly what those changes are. As far as we can tell, it looks as if the rear bumper has been beefed up, possibly with larger taillights and a smaller rear spoiler.

Okay, so maybe this story wasn’t quite as thrilling as we initially made it out to be, but nonetheless, you now know what to expect from the 2015 Nissan Juke. You’ll know even more once the car makes its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show on March 6th, so stay tuned for the full scoop at that time. Chances are that we’ll also get to see the new Juke NISMO, which should prove more exciting.

Either way, thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more Japanese car news later this week!

Toyota USA CEO Jim Lentz Leaks Lexus LF-NX Crossover Ahead of Geneva Debut

Posted by Stephen On Friday, January 31st, 2014

The week before the 2014 Detroit Motor Show earlier this month, automotive experts from all over the world gathered at the 26th Annual Society of Automotive Analysts’ Automotive Outlook Conference. Among the many intriguing presentations at the conference, one in particular sticks out as noteworthy. It was by Toyota NA CEO Jim Lentz; in the presentation we apparently got our first peek at the finalized version of the Lexus LF-NX Concept, to be known in production only as the Lexus NX.

It’s hard to tell whether or not these kinds of “whoopsy” debuts are intentional, but in this case, our guess is that it wasn’t. Especially because now, more than two weeks after the fact, we still don’t have any other photos of the Lexus NX other than the gritty, grainy one seen below:

Lexus LF-NX

In addition, Lexus has adamantly refused to comment on whether or not the leaked image is in fact the production NX. The brand’s silence implies that yes, it is.

If you kept up with Lexus last year, you’ll remember that we first saw the LF-NX in concept form at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Then, throughout 2013 we continued to see different iterations of the LF-NX Concept at just about every single major auto show, including the one in Tokyo at the end of November.

Now, briefly take a moment to compare the image above to the image below. This is the LF-NX Turbo Concept we saw at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show (remember, that would’ve been after Lentz’s presentation):

Lexus LF-NX concept

As you can see, there are several key differences between the alleged Lexus NX and the Lexus LF-NX Turbo Concept. To sum up the differences, the production model has been predictably toned down from the original, cutting-edge concept. It now looks more like the type of vehicle we’d expect to see in Lexus’ lineup, although that’s not to say that the compact SUV’s edginess has been removed… It hasn’t. In fact, one could argue that the NX forgoes edginess in favor of sleekness.

Also, do keep in mind that the vehicle Lentz previewed is likely to be the most basic model of the Lexus NX. We know that Toyota has already trademarked the “NX200t” moniker, so it’s safe to assume there will be at least two iterations of the crossover.

While inadvertently spoiling what the Lexus NX will look like, Lentz also deliberately informed us what will lie under the hood. At least, for the turbocharged model. The new Lexus NX200t will reportedly be the first-ever Lexus with a force-fed gasoline engine in the form of a newly developed 2.0L four-cylinder turbo.

All in all, the Lexus NX looks prime and poised to take on the two other big competitors in the segment –the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5. The compact SUV is expected to officially debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March… Fitting given the European aim of this new Japanese car.

For those of you who’d like to hear all of Jim Lentz’ presentation, checkout the video below for the original Lexus NX spoiler (he talks about the NX at ~10:40).