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Acura teases a fast and sexy future

Acura's Type S Concept shows a sexy future is ahead for the automaker.

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Acura, the luxury arm of Honda, is taking its sport performance development one step closer to production with the debut of the Type S Concept. The design and engineering movement started with the redesign of the Acura NSX and now moves into the brand's more pedestrian vehicles.

The front of the vehicle pulls from the Acura Precision Concept, which was first shown in 2017 with an elongated hood, wide track, and low stance. There are also fresh design elements including next-generation, four-lamp Jewel Eye LED headlights, an open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille, and "Chicane" daytime running lights and taillights.

At the back is a decklid spoiler. Forged carbon, a layered and bonded take on traditional woven carbon, is present on the front and rear splitters, side sills, rear decklid spoiler, and multi-spoke 21-inch wheels. It also has drilled Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers.

The car is coated in Double Apex Blue Pearl paint.

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Acura is expected to debut two Type S performance variants in the next two years. The looks and equipment in this concept are widely seen as a preview of the second-generation Acura TLX Type S, which is expected in the second half of 2020.

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The Genesis X Concept gives us a really good idea of what to expect from the automaker in the coming decade.

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The Genesis X Concept is a master class in all the things that a concept car should be. It shows off future design and technology pushing the envelope but never getting so far away from the mission that it looks like it's from the space age. Instead, what Genesis presented is a pointed glimpse into the future of the brand.

That brand is struggling to define itself and create a market in the U.S. While its cars have been featured in advertising for years, including this Super Bowl ad featuring John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, the company received perhaps the most publicity when golfer Tiger Woods crashed the GV80 SUV that he was driving leaving himself seriously injured, which is the perfect IRL example of "there's no such thing as bad publicity".

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The new Gran Turismo concept takes some of the shapely curves from the Genesis Mint and Genesis Essentia prototype builds and puts them into a more realistic light. With the Genesis X Concept, it's obvious to see the direction Genesis is headed.

That starts with the theme of Two Lines. It's applied throughout the interior and exterior, bringing the look of the company's Quad Lamps into a more universal form.

The luxury arm of Hyundai says that the 'Genesis X' name comes from a combination of the brand's name and the letter X, which in this case symbolizes a "hidden hero".

"The Genesis X Concept can be described as the ultimate vision of Athletic Elegance, the inherent design language of Genesis," said SangYup Lee, Head of Genesis' Global Design. "The signature Two Lines theme and sustainable luxury will be blueprints for the futuristic designs and state-of-the-art technologies that Genesis seeks to adopt in its future models."

The car exudes traditional GT design. There's a long hood and short rear.

At the front of the car is the company's signature Crest Grille with two-lined headlights on either side that direct the eye from the front to the sides, as they extend into the doors. The grille features a G-Matrix pattern that is currently on the company's G70, G80, G90, and GV80 models. The internal pattern of the grille has been painted in the same color as the exterior in order to create a sense of unity.

Designers have double layered the car's bumpers. The hood and fender are integrated to create a single, clamshell hood. The bottom front air vent intake features a thin mesh form and aids in cooling the vehicle while reducing air resistance.

The rear features linear lamps that flank unique body styling.

Genesis has designed this car as an electric vehicle (EV). Its slide-to-open charging door creates no parting lines.

The entire car rides on turbine-type, five-spoke alloy wheels. Lime brake calipers accent the car's Lençóis Blue paint color. The paint color way was inspired by Maranhenses National Park in Brazil, where a lake forms only during the rainy season.

Genesis maximized the concept car's sporty sensibility by incorporating two-layered, turbine-type alloy wheels with five spokes. The brake calipers' lime accenting hints at the high-performance character of the Genesis X Concept.

The car has been designed with simplicity at its core. The driver-orientated cockpit design surrounds the driver with all operating systems and displays. A floating center console and a dashboard designed to create the sense that it is enveloping passengers are among the highlights as are slim, indirect air vents.

A Free-Form display manages gauge clusters, navigation, and climate controls while a Crystal Sphere Electronic Shift Level integrates driving mode functionality alongside PNRDL functionality.

Bucket seats and four-point seat belts are part of the cabin's design, as is a weave-patterned fabric made from leftover leather.

The Genesis X Concept is not intended for sale, but it does point solidly in the direction of what is coming as the automaker introduces new products.

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The car incorporates modern and future Lexus design.

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Lexus is putting the pedal down. The company is working to accelerate the production of new models as its moves to diversify its lineup. Currently the brand offers five sedans, eight SUVs, and five coupes, with slightly less than half of those being hybrid variations of other vehicles on the roster.

By 2025, the luxury arm of Toyota will introduce 20 new or improved models, including more than 10 electrified models including battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), and other electric vehicles. The company is also is committed to making sportier versions of their more traditional vehicles.

Lexus aims to be a carbon neutral company throughout the lifecycle of its entire model lineup by 2050. To help achieve that goal, in March 2024 Lexus will open a new business and technical center that will allow various Lexus teams to more cohesively work together.

Lexus LF-Z Electrified: Exterior

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The LF-Z Electrified concept car is a conceptual BEV that puts driving performance, styling, and technology today in one concept car package. The exterior of the mode furthers the Lexus design story, carrying with it many hallmarks of today's vehicle design while infusing new elements. Lines are clean, simple, and directional, drawing the eye forward and back toward simplified design at the face and rear.

It is driven via all four wheels, a technology called Direct4. Lexus says that the system has many advantages, "By controlling the front and rear drive wheels independently, the system can provide the appropriate drive system ...for each driving situation. The system controls the distribution of driving force through the seamless orchestration and calculation of accelerator pedal application and steering wheel operation, resulting in powerful acceleration and exhilarating cornering performance that aligns near-perfectly to the driver's will."

Engineers have given the car the "Lexus Driving Signature", a connected drive experience that made its debut in the refreshed 2021 Lexus IS. This new model is said to raise that driving style to new heights by "evolving the basic performance of the vehicle".

Lexus LF-Z Electrified: Interior

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The BEV hides its battery longitudinally under the floor of the vehicle, attaching it to the chassis and adding rigidity. This, in addition to other design attributes is said to help mitigate vibrations and noises that tens to permeate the cabin.

Lexus designers have created the cockpit with open and minimalist design. Engineers have given the car futuristic tech that interacts with the driver by learning their behavioral traits and patterns. When it does that, the car's infotainment system will be able to offer proposed routes and other lifestyle choices. Mercedes-Benz's infotainment technology already does this.

A panoramic glass roof and simple, molded forms emphasize the car's connection with its environment, according to the automaker. Look closely at it all. Lexus says the design shown here suggests the direction of next-gen Lexus interior styling.

This concept includes numerous technologies already applied in luxury and mass market vehicles, including digital key, which allows phone-as-key technology and makes delivering packages to a vehicle easier. An E-Latch system extends and retracts door handles depending on when they are needed.

Reclining and massaging seats, a next-generation Mark Levinson audio system, and other features complete the Lexus concept car package.

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