This is the first glimpse of Lexus’s premium hatchback, a rival for the Audi A3 that is due in the UK late next year.
A concept version of the car - called the LF-Ch - will make its debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month. Lexus has issued a single image of this car (above).
Details on the five-door concept car are scarce, beyond the fact that it is a hybrid that can be driven in an electric-only mode.
Lexus is keen to get a foothold in the C-segment premium market, which has so far been dominated by cars like the A3 and BMW 1-series.
A Lexus source told Autocar a production version of the car - with both hybrid and conventional drivetrains - has now been given the green light. Although Lexus saloons are generally rear-wheel drive, this model is likely to be front-wheel drive, like the Audi.
Lexus will also show its revised LS, GS and IS ranges at Frankfurt.