The Lexus UX Concept, making its world debut at the Paris show, presents a vision for imaginative, forward-thinking technologies that will provide vehicle occupants with a fully immersive experience.

The interior reveals floating hologram-style displays for the driver’s instrument binnacle and centre console, alongside the latest advances in vehicle electrical technologies.

A vision for a compact SUV of the future, the concept represents a new step in the company’s design journey and a redefinition of the driving experience.

All on-board human-machine interface technology has been designed to offer an innovative, three-dimensional driver experience to progressive customers who live and work in an ever-connected environment.

The driver’s instrument binnacle houses a transparent globe, floating in the manner of a hologram, in which a combination of analogue and digital information expresses a functional yet unexpected user interface.

The centre console features a prominent, faceted crystal structure within which a hologram-style display of the air-conditioning and infotainment systems is clearly visible to both driver and front passenger.

The latest advanced in-vehicle electrical technologies are also on display in the concept. It features electro-chromatic windows while door mirrors are replaced by e-mirror camera housings that are far slimmer than conventional mirror assemblies. All switchgear is electrostatic and displayed under transparent covers.

Finally, the fin motif used on the A-pillar lining is repeated on the dashboard to provide an advanced audio experience – a demountable sound bar built into the passenger side of the dashboard.

“Our brief was to create a new genre of compact crossover; a vehicle that could create something unique from a customer’s point of view – an innovative, three-dimensional, fully immersive user experience,” said Stephan Rasmussen, designer at Toyota’s European design centre, ED2.