Studio image of concept car leaks on to US websites
7 September 2009

This is the best image yet of the Lexus LF-Ch, a concept car that will be turned into an Audi A3 and BMW 1-series rival.

The image of the LF-Ch - which will make its debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month - has leaked onto American websites ahead of the car's unveiling.

See the Lexus LF-Ch picture and teaser images.

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.

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.

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7 September 2009

The front bumper/spoiler looks too fussy but I guess the design will change or tidied up for the production car, the headlights look good, the rear and especially the rear door window line looks too much like the current Astra. Still, I cannot imagine it will be any uglier than the BMW 1 series, shame it's going to be fwd and not rwd and make it a genuine 1 series rival rather than target audi. It'll have to be good to take sales off these two competitors as well as the Golf and the forthcoming Alfa Milano.

7 September 2009

I think it looks quite good for a hatchback and there is nothing else out there like it...

7 September 2009

Where would Lexus be without the German premium brands to copy? Haven't got an original idea in their corporate minds have they?


7 September 2009

Do you suppose anyone will be able to see out of the near non-existant windows in the blue images?

Ugly, though - but as someone has said not as bad as the BMW 1 Series bread van,


8 September 2009

Reminds me of an old Toyota Corola.

8 September 2009

Does Ch stand for chav? (Yes I know the word is so over...) The front is a boy-racer's customised joke, as is that colour. And since it's front wheel drive, presumably it's an Auris underneath. BMW must be ROFL!

8 September 2009

"Haven't got an original idea in their corporate minds have they?"

Oh I dunno, hybrid is proving to be a popular item with others manufacturers who laughed at it at first.

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