Aftermarket designers have clearly caught on to the big grille trend.
Besides its F-badged performance models, Lexus isn't known for overtly sporty and outlandish cars. Rather, a Lexus embodies serene luxury and outstanding quality while the Germans slap M, AMG, and RS badges on everything in sight. But the Russia-based SCL Global Concept restyling company thinks that the Lexus RX and NX crossovers are ideal recipients of one of its extreme body kits.
For the Lexus RX, SCL created the "Goemon" kit and for the smaller NX - which is due for replacement in 2022 - the "Kotaro" kit. In both cases, SCL went to town with the Lexus spindle grille, already hard to miss in stock form, to create a pair of super-aggressive SUVs.
Focusing on the grilles for a moment, they both gain gaping "teeth" and are about as in-your-face as it gets. Added to this are a new hood, different front bumpers, both an upper and lower trunk spoiler, and side skirts. SCL says that the parts are made of fiberglass which have the same weight as the original parts, and which are able to handle ultra-high temperatures.
The additional cladding around the arches comically beefs up the appearance of each Lexus. They both also get a centrally-mounted rear tailpipe and a large rear diffuser. Wheel sizes aren't mentioned, but clearly both crossovers are sporting larger rims that appear to be at least 20 inches in size.
If you want a Lexus SUV and have a penchant for the garish, SCL's kit should do the trick. We find it a bit over-the-top, as these upgrades make even a Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 look restrained.
That said, Lexus hasn't applied the 'F' treatment to its SUVs yet, just a few subtle visual upgrades like the NX Black Line. Based on this and models like the RC F, though, we're sure that Lexus' performance division would apply a lot more restraint if they took on the RX and NX. In terms of price, the NX's Kotaro kit will apparently cost around $6,800, with the RX's Goemon kit coming in at a pricier $9,800.