(from Lexus Press
Release) Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid Concept Explores Design Features
That Will Migrate to Future Lexus Vehicles
Lexus LF-Gh Concept
* LF-Gh concept to
make world debut at 2011 New York International Auto Show
* Stylish and assertive concept advances notions of premium
grand touring sedan
* Concept explores Lexus’ future direction with aggressive and
bold spindle-shaped front grille
NEW YORK (April 12,
2011) – The Lexus LF-Gh hybrid concept will make its global debut at
the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The concept, which sets
out to redefine the premium grand touring sedan, will be at the
Lexus display through May 1.
“For this concept, Lexus designers studied characteristics that are
often considered contradictory and difficult to execute together,”
said Kengo Matsumoto, general manager, Lexus Design Division, Toyota
Motor Corporation. “The captivating design of the LF-Gh concept
examines the possibility of balancing what are normally opposing
qualities, such as style and functionality.”
Working with a clean sheet of paper, Lexus Design Division designers
aimed to perfectly blend style, performance, efficiency, and
environmental compatibility in a premium, grand touring sedan while
trying to leverage advanced, new technologies.
The team explored how a future grand touring sedan would look
standing still and on the road, and what design approaches might
work to convey an extraordinary combination of attributes. They came
up with a design that unites hard and soft; and energetic and
Through this exercise, the definition of L-Finesse, the marque’s
design philosophy since 2001, has been refined and evolved to
include a bolder, more distinct projection of what a premium car
could become in a modern world. The result is the LF-Gh concept,
which conveys original thoughts and ideas that will migrate to
future Lexus vehicles on a global scale.
“Customers have been waiting for a bold concept like this from
Lexus,” said Mark Templin, Lexus Division group vice president and
general manager. “We look forward to their feedback and integrating
some of these exciting design features into future Lexus vehicles.”
In The Grand Touring Tradition
With the LF-Gh, Lexus
takes the idea of the grand touring sedan one step further. The LF-Gh
was designed to be a high-performance concept capable of providing a
moving driving experience, and comfortably transporting multiple
occupants at higher speeds on long-distance drives. It combines a
strong sense of presence and emotional appeal with functional
attributes, supplying enhanced creature comforts plus the practical
ability to transport personal supplies and luggage necessary for
extended travel. Even while maintaining serene passenger comfort, it
is a car designed to inspire and captivate the driver as hours
behind the wheel accumulate.
The bold, wide stance is consistent with the goal of inspiring
dynamic excellence on the road. Fundamentally, these are the
proportions of an agile, responsive sedan built on an advanced
rear-wheel-drive platform. The distinctive long greenhouse design
provides the potential for functional passenger benefits, such as
generous interior room for all four passengers, ample cargo area,
and excellent forward visibility.
LED lighting hints at the range and scope of new materials,
electronics and dynamic systems that endow this concept vehicle with
state-of-the-art performance, driving control, and safety features.
Overall, the LF-Gh’s styling embodies the definition of what an
authentic grand touring sedan from Lexus could be.
Dramatic and Bold, Yet Light and
This newest Lexus
concept brings together unique, dynamic proportions that lend to its
advanced and aggressive stance. The LF-Gh is based on an
architecture that enables a spirited, energetic and elegant car with
an uncommonly assertive presence.
Viewed from the front, design elements contributing to the assertive
effect include a boldly designed spindle-shaped grille that
expresses the resolute face of Lexus, contributes to radiator and
brake duct function, and is an essential element in achieving
excellent aerodynamic performance. Every line in the LF-Gh combines
form and function.
As an example, air flows in through front inlets adjacent to the
unique vertical LED fog lamps, and exits through similar slim rear
outlets that follow the curve of the tail lamps from the rear
quarter panel. The concept also explores the minimization of
traditional features such as side mirrors and door handles to
enhance the sleekness and improve aerodynamics.
The spindle-shaped grille, a powerful design element that
contributes to the commanding presence of the LF-Gh, also plays a
role in airflow control and enhancing stability. It’s a key feature
that integrates distinctive style with engineering functionality
without sacrifice in either discipline, and will be inherited by
future Lexus models.
An athletic and strong stance is achieved through the contrast of
the tapered torso and long cabin, with width-enhancing front and
rear wheel arches. The form of the lower body begins from the short
front overhang, and is cross cut in the middle of the rocker panel
leaving the rear overhang looking light and agile.
Dynamic front fenders work to create a sense of movement, pushing
down toward the ground to convey a low, crouching center of gravity.
The raised hood implies ready and powerful performance potential.
The rear deck has a robust, raised center deck lid that lets the air
smoothly glide backward to flow gracefully into the rear fenders.
Deeply sculptured dynamic twin spokes stemming from the center of
the 20-inch wheels enhance an instinctive sense of driving appeal.
Lexus designers took advantage of increased width that provides an
expansive canvas for distinct, wrap-around LED tail lamps. The use
of distinctive tail lamps and intricately designed reflectors behind
all-red lenses contribute to a strong visual presence. Judicious use
of slim chrome trim elements in the bumper exhaust and integrated
diffuser adds a subtle premium touch.
Unique LED headlamps and independent L-shaped LED daytime running
lights assure that the Lexus face will be like no other car on the
A Gracious Interior
Behind dark tinted
glass, hints of an all-new, future Lexus interior can be perceived.
The cabin of the LF-Gh is the product of a meticulous re-examination
of every detail, with the aim of making an interior that is
The driver’s zone includes a meter panel with excellent visibility
and a console with intuitive operability. An all-new analog clock
with a three-dimensional face, a contemporary and exclusive
timepiece suitable to a premium luxury brand, is a focal point of
the interior and represents a shift in Lexus’ design philosophy.
Use of genuine, high-quality materials and rich, finely honed
details help create a driver and passenger space consistent with the
idea of a full-fledged grand touring sedan. It is an interior
designed to respond to the needs of customers who know true quality,
and are particular about details.
Blue LED Lexus Hybrid
Drive badges located on the front grille and rear trunk lid signal
an intention to provide equal measures of fuel efficiency and
performance on demand. The rear valance blends sculpted exhaust tips
for a very clean, finished look, minimizing the presence of the
exhaust system to suggest that the flow of exhaust gas will be
substantially reduced. Taken as a whole, the treatment emphasizes
that this hybrid concept is designed to comply with the
exceptionally low emissions requirements of the future.
The LF-Gh design supports engineering that changes current notions
of power, efficiency, safety, and environmental consideration in a
premium luxury car.
“Although only a concept, we hope the LF-Gh will resonate with our
customers worldwide, and communicate our intention to once again
advance ideas about the face of Lexus luxury in the years to come,”