Lexus LF-Gh Concept shows off the new face of the brand at New York
21 Avril 2011
Now we have live photos from the car's official unveiling a day ahead of the New York Auto Show. The LF-Gh debuts Lexus' future direction in style that includes an "aggressive and bold spindle-shaped front grille" accented by LED lighting both front and rear. The look is a departure from the brand's generally conservative styling, and it should be interesting to see how this new fascia integrates into future Lexus production cars.
Lexus didn't open up the doors or the hood, but says that a hybrid powerplant provides the LF-Gh's motivation and that the interior will provide a look at future designs highlighted by a three-dimensional analog clock.
Interestingly, Lexus itself describes the styling of its latest conceptual hybrid sedan as something of a contradiction in terms. Says Kengo Matsumoto, general manager of Toyota's Lexus Design Division:
For this concept, Lexus designers studied characteristics that are often considered contradictory and difficult to execute together. The captivating design of the LF-Gh concept examines the possibility of balancing what are normally opposing qualities, such as style and functionality.
Expect such offbeat styling details to make an appearance on future Lexus production models, including what the company is calling its "aggressive and bold spindle-shaped front grille."
As a grand-touring sedan, Lexus says the rear-wheel-drive LF-Gh will offer plenty of room for "multiple occupants at higher speeds on long-distance drives." We don't have any real detailed photos of the car's interior, but the automaker claims it hints at "an all-new, future Lexus interior" that incorporates a new three-dimensional analog clock, whatever that means.
As you'd expect from any new concept from the global leader in hybrids, the LF-Gh Concept features a hybridized powertrain of unknown specification. We do find it interesting, though, that Lexus is purposely trying to diminish the appearance of the car's exhaust in an effort to "suggest that the flow of exhaust gas will be substantially reduced."