Early reveal of LF-Gh previews Lexus' future

Illustrating the future of Lexus' design language, the LF-Gh concept debuts a week before its scheduled unveiling at the 2011 New York auto show.

Illustrating the future of Lexus' design language, the LF-Gh concept debuts a week before its scheduled unveiling at the 2011 New York auto show.
Illustrating the future of Lexus' design language, the LF-Gh concept debuts a week before its scheduled unveiling at the 2011 New York auto show. Lexus

Lexus gave us a peak at the headlights and taillamps of its upcoming LF-Gh concept last week. The automaker must not have been satisfied with the underwhelmed response from the public and automotive press, because this week it has released more photos showing off the rest of the concept hybrid sedan.

Between the A and C pillars, the LF-Gh isn't packing any surprises for anyone who's familiar with Lexus' current LS and GS offerings. However, at the front and rear ends things start to get interesting.

Out back, we can see how the wrap-around taillamps work out on the tail end. Up front the changes from Lexus' current design language are more drastic. The headlamps now appear to be LED-based and feature L-shaped LED daytime running lamps--we expect at least the latter to make it to production vehicles within the next product cycle. Below the headlamps are vertically stacked LED fog lights recessed deeply into aggressively sculpted air inlets. In the center of all of this lighting sits the LF-Gh's spindle-shaped grille, which aggressively juts forward and outward, almost as though the car's metallic skin is being peeled backward. It's a bit odd-looking from certain angles, but overall it's an interesting take on the gaping maw look that sport sedan manufacturers have been gravitating toward for some time now.

No drivetrain or cabin tech details have been revealed yet--aside from the fact that the car is a hybrid. It would seem that this is mostly a styling exercise, but we're hoping to learn more next week when the LF-Gh concept debuts in the sheet metal at the 2011 New York auto show.

 

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