With just a week before its official debut at the New York Auto Show, Lexus has decided to pull the wraps off its LF-Gh – which stands for Lexus Future Grand-Touring Hybrid
The four-passenger LF-Gh sedan is built on the same 112.2-inch wheelbase as the 2011 Lexus GS and measures just 2.5 inches longer, at 192.5 inches overall. The concept rides on 20-inch wheels shod with 245/35R20 tires in front and 285/30R20s in the rear.
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.
As is becoming common with concept vehicles, the running lights and tail lamps are LED-based – providing bright light at a sigificantly lowered power draw, and with a much longer life than traditional bulb-based lamps. The L-shape of the running lights also serves to give the Lexus LF-Gh a unique ‘face’ which makes it stand out from the crowd.
Lexus paid extra attention to every detail for the interior of the LF-Gh to make it especially driver-oriented. Lexus chose to add a meter panel with excellent visibility, a console with intuitive operability, and an all-new analog clock with a three-dimensional face.
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.
Among features of the concept:
- Hybrid powertrain on a new rear-drive platform. Engine and transmission not specified.
- Touring sedan-sized interior and trunk room in a package that’s a big 192.5 in. long, 73.6 in. wide and 57.1 in. high on a 112.2 in. wheelbase. That’s about 7 in. shorter on a 4 in. shorter wheelbase than the current LS460 and almost exactly the current GS460..
- LED headlights, L-shaped LED running lights and wrap-around LED tail lamps.
- A gaping, can’t-be-missed, spindle-shaped grille that Lexus says is both enhances aerodynamics and “contributes to radiator and brake duct function.” In any case, it’s not like the typical closed-mouth front of a hybrid. Lexus says air flows through the front inlets by the LED fog lights and exits through outlets in the rear quarter panel.
- Minimized side mirrors and door handles for better aerodynamics.