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If ‘Predator’ drove an entry-level crossover, it’d be the Lexus NX coming to Geneva

Pull out your driving gloves, because a production version of the knife-edged Lexus LF-NX compact crossover concept will debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, according to Auto Express. Smply called NX,┬áit will reportedly retain much of the concept’s styling.

Like several recent Lexus models, the LF-NX isn’t pretty, but it is interesting. Whether that’s good enough for buyers remains to be seen. Thanks to the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and Lincoln MKC, styling is about to become a major factor in the burgeoning luxury compact crossover segment.

There were actually two Lexus LF-NX concepts, and each will reportedly be the basis for a production model. The first LF-NX debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show with a hybrid powertrain, while a second version was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show with a turbocharged gasoline powertrain.

The production models will be the NX 300h hybrid and the NX 200t, which will have Lexus’ first production turbocharged engine, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. It’s unclear whether both will be offered in the U.S., but the NX 200t should be able to flush out performance-minded Lexus buyers (all five of them).

Less exciting than the futuristic styling and turbocharged engine is the chassis: the NX will reportedly be based on the Toyota RAV4. It will be offered with standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive.

Following its Geneva debut, the NX should hit showrooms by mid-2014 as a 2015 model. It will compete with the GLA and MKC, as well as the BMW X1, and continue Lexus’ battle to appear interesting.