GENEVA -- The latest Lexus concept combines the angular styling of the automaker's latest crossovers with the compact proportions of a city car.
At about 3.45 meters from nose to tail, the LF-SA concept is significantly shorter than the Toyota Yaris. It's a little fella.
Small in stature, the LF-SA is (for better or worse) big on style. Just look at the size of that spindle grille!
The concept pushes the wheels to the very corners of the car, to maximize stance without a large footprint.
Further emphasizing the wheels are deep undercuts above the wheel arches. These recessed areas make the concept look even wider and lower than it actually is.
The undercut theme continues onto the rear hatch with the backlight featuring a sharp crease.
Each wheel is large, but spokes that protrude beyond the rim and integrate into the tire's design make the LF-SA's rollers look even larger.
Compact headlamps feature LED illumination and overlap slightly with the automaker's trademark L-shaped DRLs.
The spindle grille features a three-dimensional texture that radiates out from the "L" badge.
Lexus didn't mention what's under the skin, but based on the proportions, the LF-SA appears to be a front-wheel drive gasoline or hybrid vehicle.
Tail lights normally sit flush with the vehicle, but the LF-SA's extend subtly. Look closely and you can see how the housings seem to float away from the rest of the car.
The fog lights, which are normally prominently displayed, go the opposite direction and are tucked into small intakes on the bumper.
The concept uses cameras in place of its side and rear mirrors. Live displays on the dashboard and above the windshield give a live view of what's behind you.
LF-SA is short for Lexus Future Small Adventurer. The compact car is designed for urban environments.
Designated a 2+2, I'm not sure that any adult would want to fold up into the LF-SA's nearly nonexistent second row.
The wheel arches and doorsill trim isn't simply black, but features a subtle organic pattern not unlike mud splashes or stone.
Like the Toyota/Scion iQ, the LF-SA has an asymmetrical seating configuration that allows the front passenger to slide ahead of the driver to give legroom to the second row, or behind to regain more for him or herself.
The driver's seat is bolted and fixed in place, rather than sliding fore and aft on rails like in a normal car.
To adjust, the driver is able to move the steering wheel and pedal box back and forth along a motorized path. Instead of going to the controls, the controls come to the driver.
Normal vehicles have pedal linkages and steering racks that limit their adjustment ranges. However, this could change as more automakers adopt drive-by-wire and steer-by-wire setups.
Lexus says that, while the compact LF-SA is in theory large enough to accommodate up to four passengers, the concept was designed under the assumption that most urban drivers are alone in the car for most trips.