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Up close with the Lexus LF-Gh concept (photos)

We take yet another look at the LF-Gh, a concept car that offers a glimpse into the future of Lexus design.

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Antuan Goodwin

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We finally get an opportunity to check out the Lexus LF-Gh in the sheet metal at the 2011 New York auto show.
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Out back, the very organic and sharply designed taillamps subtly connect with a very thin LED strip just above the license plate.
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The LED taillamps almost remind us of BMW's 5-series' current design, but the silhouette is different enough to feel like Lexus' own.
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The proportions of the LF-Gh seem to imply that, for the most part, this vehicle is at least close to ready for prime time.
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Between the front and rear ends, the LF-Gh could pass for a current GS, LS, or IS, depending on the angle from which it's viewed.
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Up front, however, the design is an interesting blend of styling cues from Lexus' current lineup and a few touches that likely won't make it past the concept phase.
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The LF-Gh's front grille opening seems to simultaneously push forward and peel back. Both visual directions imply speed and forward motion and create a strong visual tension at the vehicle's front end.
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What looked awkward in photos seems entirely plausible in person. The LF-Gh's front end is aggressive, but totally possible from the company that built and sold the LF-A supercar. Could this be the beginning of the end of a boring Toyota?

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