Even in the least positive times, an auto show and the creations inhabiting the festivity can indulge us with optimism for what the future. After the earthquake and tsunami, complexities occurring in Japan have left only a bleak present state for Toyota automobile production. A much-needed treat to a forward look, the Japanese auto company’s Lexus brand is putting on a brave face, revealing the latest luxury and performance merger. Presented with teaser images last week on Automoblog.net, the Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid is presented in full glory in time for its world debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show.
Expected to project a strong representation for the upcoming Lexus GS sedan, the 192.5 inch long and 73.6-inch wide LF-Gh design concept overcomes the current model vehicle’s mundane image. Allowed to break loose with “a clean sheet of paper, “Lexus Design Division of Toyota implants their impression of the future premium sports sedan in every line carved on the LF-Gh Hybrid. Enacting some sportier styling traits derived from the Lexus IS production model, the concept sedan is realized first for an intimidating front end where Lexus design DNA is given a sharper intent. The Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid concept’s side profile is graceful, yet shaping allows emphasis on the sport sedan’s wheels. With chrome-plated 20-inch wheels, the performance rims relay the LF-Gh Hybrid’s aggressive desires with class.
The center grille is placed inside an X-like contour with an illuminated Lexus badge glowing blue for added presentation. Shining bright with LED lighting, headlamps, taillights, and fog lights also casts a battle against darkness while using the minimum amount of energy. The Lexus LF-Gh’s daytime running lights and taillights artistically incorporate the letter ‘L’ within the LED flow.
Inside, the Lexus concept car shows off a sedan-like cabin consisting of high-quality leather. A perfect grand touring landscape, the LF-Gh Hybrid’s interior supplies the driver with the richest experience. Meter panel instruments are clearly viewed by the motorist with the promise of intuitive operability. The addition of an analog timepiece is shown off in a regal 3-D display.
Composed as a rear-wheel-drive sports sedan concept, the Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid accomplished performance look is accompanied by a significant powertrain. A rolling concept car, specific information on propulsion has been revealed about the Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid-only to affirm it optimizes a gasoline-electric powertrain. There would likely be few complaints if the current GS 450h’s 3.5-liter gasoline engine with two electric motors setup were maintained on an upcoming production model. It would make the premium sports sedan even more presentable if Lexus improves on the 340 horsepower performance of the 2011 GS 450h.
A hot-selling luxury car brand in the United States, the concept car’s uncovering at the New York International Auto Show is not surprising. Besides the production interruption of vehicle manufacturing in Japan, Lexus’ first quarter of 2011 is particularly tough on the United States sales division. As of the end of March, Lexus is trailing competitors Cadillac and Infiniti in overall vehicle sales for the first 3 months of 2011. Recent entrants such as the Hyundai Genesis and the redesigned BMW 5 Series have upped the stakes in the vehicle category an ever-evolving premium sedan segment. Targeted as a mid-level sports sedan, the Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid hints at being a great equalizer in the making.
Information and photo source: Toyota Motor Sales USA