Lexus UX concept bound for Paris Motor Show previews new SUV

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Toyota's luxury arm has taken the wraps off the first teaser shot of the upcoming Lexus UX Concept, a smaller city crossover that will make its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show come September 26.

Armed with only one rear-three-quarter image of the concept, we can conclude that the little Lexus keeps moving the brand's love-it-or-hate-it design language forward. Which speaks volumes about what you can expect from this show auto. As Autocar's Sam Sheehan notes, the door handles are set in the middle, implying that they are "suicide doors" hinged at the rear.

At the back, there's a coupé-like roofline and sharp tail-lights with what appear to be LED internals.

Though only shown in a single image of the rear, the UX also adopts some of the elements previewed on the urban LF-SA concept, including the bold wheel arch cladding and a move to softer, more organic forms over the current crisply-creased RX.

There's not much information on the auto 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". Given recent trends in the motor industry, it seems highly likely the concept will be a hybrid or use some kind of electrified power.