New mid-size Lexus saloon appears in concept guise at New York show
20 April 2011

Lexus has launched its hybrid Lexus LF-Gh concept at the New York motor show.

Lexus says the new concept, called LF-Gh (Lexus Future Grand touring Hybrid), previews its new GS and shows the latest direction for its L-Finesse design philosophy. That styling language was previewed on 2003’s LF-S concept, a model that directly influenced the GS. It’s widely expected that the next generation of that car, due this autumn, will draw heavily on the latest show car’s looks.

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The LF-Gh itself has a more aggressive face than the current GS, with some elements — including deeply scalloped air intakes in the front bumper — that ape the LF-A.

The car is 4890mm long, 1870mm wide and 1450mm high. That’s 40mm longer, 50mm wider and 20mm taller than the current GS. It is more overtly a saloon in appearance, though.

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Other design features include sharply creased side skirts, intricate tail-lights, subtle fin vents at the rear (which could be used for battery cooling) and a small rear diffuser. Cabin details are scarce, but Lexus says it will seat four passengers.

Lexus has not issued any details of the concept’s powertrain, beyond confirming that it is a hybrid, and that it is rear-wheel drive. That means it could well use a modified, more efficiency version of the GS450h’s hybrid drive set-up, based on a V6 petrol motor.

John McIlroy

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