2003 New York Auto Show: Lexus HPX Concept

The HPX concept is intended to forge a new, cohesive design direction for Lexus-which, less face it, has never had one-but the new look, penned at Toyota‘s California design studio, looks a lot like a stretched Infiniti FX45. The concept uses the platform of the GS430, with its 300-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-8, plus all-wheel drive and a height-adjustable suspension. Center-opening doors swing out to reveal four individual seats and a third-row kiddie seat. Lexus characterizes the HPX as “the next, intelligent, evolution of the SUV,” but claims to have no plans to add the HPX to its current trio of luxury utes.