Lexus announced today that the new LF-Gh Concept will make its official debut next month, at the 2011 New York Auto Show. As expected, the new car previews the next-generation Lexus GS, which is set to be introduced on the market in 2012. Still, the new car also previews the new design philosophy, which will be seen on all the upcoming Lexus models, including the new IS which will also come in 2012.
Furthermore, the new concept will also preview the new hybrid technology Lexus will adopt for its new models.
Currently, the Lexus GS 450h is the hybrid version of the GS and it is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a compact, permanent magnet electric motor, capable to push it from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 5.2 seconds. The engine delivers 340 horsepower, and according to Lexus it offers V8-like performance with greater fuel efficiency.
The Lexus GS 450h also delivers an impressive fuel consumption of 22 mpg city/25 highway/23 combined and is certified as a Super-Low Emissions Vehicle II (SULEV II). The gasoline V6 uses an Electronic Throttle Control System with intelligence (ETCS-i) and a dual fuel-injection system that combines the benefits of direct injection with those of port injection.
The latest Lexus concept has an advanced and aggressive stance due to its combined distinctive and dynamic proportions. The Lexus LF-Gh Concept has been built on a structural design that allows an energetic, spirited and stylish car to have an exceptionally assertive presence. From the front, it has a boldly styled spindle-shaped grille, a design element that gives an aggressive effect as it conveys the resolute Lexus face, helps in the functioning of the radiator plus brake duct and is crucial in acquiring superb aerodynamic performance.
“Form follows function” is applied to all vehicles in the Lexus LF-Gh line. For instance, air enters by means of front inlets close to the distinct vertical LED-fed fog lamps and goes out through thin rear outlets that follow the tail lamps’ curve from the quarter panel at the rear.
The concept also minimizes the usual features like door handles and side mirrors to improve both sleekness and aerodynamics. The powerful design element in the presence of a spindle-shaped grille contributes to the Lexus LF-Gh Concept’s commanding presence and plays a part in controlling airflow and improving stability. This main feature combines unique style and engineering functionality with no compromise to any of the disciplines.
It has a strong, athletic stance, thanks to the contrasting tapered torso and long cabin with wheel arches that enhance the width at the front and rear. The lower body is formed, beginning from the short overhang in front and cross cut at the center of the rocker panel, making the rear overhang look lightweight and agile. Dynamic fenders in front create a feeling of movement by pushing downward to convey a low gravitational center.
The lifted hood means it is ready for a powerful performance. The rear deck with a strong, raised center deck lid allows air to glide smoothly backward to flow into the rear fender. Richly sculptured dynamic twin spokes stem from the middle of the 20-inch wheels to give a unique driving feel. Lexus designs benefited from the increased width as it offered an expansive canvas for unique, wrap-around LED-fed tail lamps.
Using distinctive tail lamps and detailed reflectors at the back of all-red lenses add to the powerful aesthetic presence. Using slim chrome trim elements cautiously in the bumper exhaust and including a diffuser add a subtle quality touch. Unique LED-fed headlamps plus independent L-shaped LED-fed daylight running lights make sure that the Lexus face will be the only one of its kind on the road.