Thursday, September 8, 2016
Lexus just leaked pictures of its new SUV concept and it has no mirrors
Lexus leaked its concept SUV the UX ahead of the Paris Motor Show, and the car highlights a focus on going mirrorless.
First a closer look at the car itself: it's a wide-body SUV with some massive looking wheels, giving you a nice lift above the road. As Autocar's Sam Sheehan notes, the door handles are set in the middle, implying that they are "suicide doors" hinged at the rear. Pretty swanky for an SUV.
But perhaps the most interesting feature we can glean from this one photo is that the sideview mirrors have been replaced by cameras.
Replacing the exterior mirrors with cameras is something we've seen in a few concept cars, like the BMW i8 concept car show off at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, and are likely to see more in production vehicles in the future.
Japanese automakers got the OK in June to make and sell mirrorless cars, making it one of the first countries to embrace the technology. Considering Lexus is owned by Japanese automaker Toyota, we're likely to see more of this tech in use going forward.
There's not much information on the car itself aside from the photo, but Lexus notes that the concept "showcases imaginative technologies for an immersive driver experience, while the interior marries traditional craftsmanship with high-tech manufacturing techniques." So at the very least, we know the concept is meant to demonstrate a focus on tech innovations in line with replacing the sideview mirrors with cameras.
We'll have to wait for the Paris Motor Show to learn more about the UX.