April 17, 2003
Lexus HPX crossover concept has 300 horsepower
New York, New York – Lexus’ latest concept vehicle, the HPX, or High Performance Crossover “combines the versatility of a luxury utility vehicle and the performance of a sports sedan in a sleek and stylish package” says the company.
The HPX concept was designed by Calty Design Research, Inc., Toyota’s California-based design center in Newport Beach.
“We wanted to develop a next-generation SUV concept that would help lead us into the future of luxury sport utility vehicles,” said Calty Vice President Kevin Hunter. “Our objective was to look beyond the current SUV formulas and define a vehicle that expresses strong emotional styling with high levels of performance, utility, comfort and luxury. We see the HPX as an intelligent evolution of the SUV.”
The Lexus GS 430 luxury sport sedan platform provided “technical inspiration” for the HPX. The concept has all-wheel drive and is powered by a 4.3-litre 300-horsepower V8 engine and paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. It has a height-adjustable suspension.
Bucket seats are provided for the front and middle rows, while a third row seat designed for children folds into the rear floor. LCD display screens deploy from the center console to provide DVD entertainment for the second and third row passengers.
- Engine: 4.3L DOHC V8 with 300 hp
- Transmission: 5-Speed automatic
- Wheelbase: 116.5 in.
- Length: 194.3 in.
- Width: 78.1 in.
- Height: 64.8 in.
- Front Tires: 265/50 21
- Rear Tires: 295/45 21