Lexus design manager says Spindle Grille will evolve with tech innovations – Report


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A different expression of the grille could be seen on the new LS.

The spindle grille is now a design characteristic on modern Lexus products such as the CT, the NX SUV, the RC-F coupe and the IS sedan. In a recent email interview with, Takeshi Tanabe, Manager of Global Design for both Toyota and Lexus, said that this design identity will continue to evolve on its products.

Lexus LF-NX Concept grille at NAIAS 2014
Advancements in cooling systems would see the grille’s design evolve.

Mr. Tanabe said that the design of the spindle grille will not change “just for the sake of changing”, but that technological innovation, especially advancements to the cooling systems, could inspire designers to make changes to the grille accordingly.

According to reports, Lexus will introduce the next generation LS, its flagship luxury sedan, at the Tokyo Motor Show in October this year. Being a flagship offering, the LS is expected to feature Toyota’s new autonomous driving technology, which apart from offering laser-guided adaptive cruise control and steering assist, could also park the sedan without anyone inside the car.

Lexus LF-SA Concept front view at 2015 Geneva Motor Show
The Arrow Head shape is merely an expression of the grille, which will also continue to change.

Mr. Tanabe said that a “great leap in technology” will alter the design expression of the grille. Autonomous driving technology, apart from being a technological leap, would also see sensors being positioned in the grille area of the car, which could suggest that designers could adapt the grille in a manner so as to conceal them, thereby improving the aesthetics of the car.

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A first look at the new Lexus LS could provide insights as to how the spindle grille has evolved.

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[Source: Lexus Enthusiast]

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