2011 New York Auto Show: Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid Concept teases the next GS

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 18, 2011

Toyota has unveiled the Lexus LF-Gh concept, which offers a “captivating design” as well as a balance of contrasting features such as “style and functionality,” according to Kengo Matsumoto, general manager, Lexus Design Division. Toyota’s team focused more on its design lines instead of what runs it. Toyota and Lexus worked for this concept to try to redefine L-Finesse, which has been Lexus’ design philosophy since 2001.

From the side, the LF-Gh looks like a BMW but when viewed from the front end and the interior, it’s a totally different vehicle. The new hybrid sedan features a unique set of LED headlamps and independent L-shaped LED daytime running lights.

The model takes on a menacing look, with its black front grille extending to the back with the aid of the dark tinted windows. Its interior uses high-quality materials all over but what catches a lot of attention is its new analog clock with a three-dimensional face.

It also got a new meter panel. Matsumoto said that Lexus designers used attributes that are frequently thought of as “contradictory and difficult to execute together.”

Lexus’ LF-Gh Concept is a fresh interpretation of a prestigious car which combines assertive sportiness, refined elegance and advanced technology as seen in its bold design, shape and lines.

The front view is where the car’s aggressive look is most evident due to the presence of the large spindle-shaped grille that seems as if it could roar out the Lexus name. The grille is functionally connected to the radiator and brake duct, and contributes greatly to streamline the LF-Gh. In fact, all of the car’s form features have a correspondingly vital function as well.

To illustrate this, the car’s front inlets, beside the LED fog lights, take in air which then flows out of sleek outlets contoured to the tail lights at the rear quarter panels. The LF-Gh also experiments by doing away with traditional wing mirrors and embedding the door handles for more pronounced streamlining.

Apart from being a distinguishingly prominent and aggressive design feature, the spindle-like grille functions to regulate airflow and improve stability. Once again, it jointly provides to give the car a distinct image while also performing an important automotive function. Other Lexus models have also adapted this fusion of style and function.

The robustly dynamic stance is attributed to the LF-Gh’s silhouette with its elongated cabin, tapered shape and the four wheel arches that emphasise its width. The lower body at the front has a short overhang, while the rocker panel creases midway to make the rear overhang form a slight, graceful upward slope.

The adjustable front fenders contribute further to the Lexus LF-Gh’s sporty appeal. They are oriented downwards to give the car a more ground-hugging and crouching look. The curve of the bonnet gives an immediate impression of power and agility. The boot surface features a raised centre lid that allows air to flow smoothly over to the rear fenders. The 20-inch wheel’s curved twin spokes emanating from its centre further heighten the car’s sense of intuitive drivability.

The designers of the LF-Gh used the car’s width and shape to come up with the unique, wrap-around LED rear lights. With its flush red lenses and elaborately designed reflectors, it makes the car look just as powerful from behind as from any angle. A thin chrome trim embellishes the integrated diffuser and bumper exhaust to give it a hint of elegance.

The LED headlights and auxiliary L-shaped LED daytime running lights add even more individuality to the car’s signature Lexus frontal appearance.

An Exquisite Interior

Within its doors, the interior looks like an ultramodern update of the Lexus style. The LF-Gh Concept cabin makes over all the fine details to come up with a driver-oriented ambience.

The console at the driver seat area is optimised with intuitive controls and the meter panel is enhanced for clarity. The analogue clock has a new three-dimensional face. It is a major design element of the car’s interior that shows the latest Lexus design aesthetic, and also puts a modern elegant stamp befitting the high-end Lexus brand.

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