Lexus LF-Gh Revealed!


Lexus LF-Gh Side Profile

With its official reveal now exactly a week away, Lexus has pulled the covers off their LF-Gh in advance of its New York Auto Show debut!

There’s so much to go through right now, including a full photo gallery and all the various details, but let’s start with the full Lexus press release:

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

Lexus LF-Gh Front Detail

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 soothing elements.

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

Lexus LF-Gh Rear

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 Agile

Lexus LF-Gh Side Profile

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 road.

A Gracious Interior

Lexus LF-Gh 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 driver-oriented.

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.

Hybrid Propulsion

Lexus LF-Gh Wheel Detail

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,” said Matsumoto.

Lexus LF-Gh Concept Specifications

Propulsion: Lexus Hybrid Drive
Length: 192.5 inches
Width: 73.6 inches
Height: 57.1 inches
Wheelbase: 112.2 inches
Tire size (Front): P245/35R20
Tire size (Rear): P285/30R20

Comments


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lasse-J-Nordvik/100001045418399 Lasse J. Nordvik

    The production model will in all likelihood be a bit more conventional (in particular:the front grille),but it still promises to be an exceptionally good looking mix of GS design tradition an new elements. I dig it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/RDS.Alphard Yong Thian Ding

    Very LS-ish … :(

  • Thomas

    In comparison to the current GS, I must say I hate this!

  • apez

    I am shocked… and not in a good way…

    Lexus is about refinement. This new design idiom is anything but.

  • BOSS

    I have to say, I’m quite disappointed with the overall look,I had high hopes for this car!!. But since it’s a concept, I guess things can change.I loveeeee those rims though and interior seems…..nice?

  • Thomas

    OK. It looks good in profile and the back isnt that bad. The front however, is horrible!

  • Thomas

    The grille of the LF-Ch was such a nicer design! This is awful. The grille of the LF-Ch should be incorporated in the production model of the new GS.

  • Wooski

    I’m sure what we are seeing is the GS-F not the run of the mill GS. The standard GS will be much tamer.

    I’m disappointed that its very similiar to the Bangle BMW 5 series. The glass house is too tall, and the boot too big (all previous GS models the roof line has come down further back with a very small boot lid, giving a fastback look.) As Jag, Audi et al copy that look Lexus appear to be taking the car more conservative.

    And please can we end up with no wing mirrors! I don’t know if they are a legal requirement or not.

  • Tilps

    Front is good, bad ass.
    Audis front is too boring.
    back end is bmwish.
    Not bad overall

  • is220d

    Sexy!!!

  • is220d

    Sexy!!!

  • Thomas

    After seeing a lot of pictures and a video of the car over at clublexus, I am back at hating this design. Its really awful! There is nothing L-finesse about this at all! What are they thinking?!!!

  • Jacek Cz.

    I think this is just a show car , the real thing will be like a lexus , just a perfect car in all directions:)

  • JVX

    I do like the LED triple-projector headlight a lot; however, the front grill is over-done. I prefer the bumper to go across though. I feel that it’s audi-ish, but taken to a new level.

  • Diessel_xp
  • Vogel

    it will feature a Nightvision-System. check out the button on the dash!!! WOW!

  • Travis

    Looks like a beast and I love it !

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    I don’t see it — which photo?

  • http://twitter.com/CruxFiveTen Crux

    By the time Lexus, put this on production the exterior will look nothing like this concept. Frakin amazing quality, dependability, class, sophistications, but boring for old a$$ people design. Lexus, seem to be failing in recognizing that having a great exterior design does not mean it won’t seel. BMW/Merc, buyers never stopped buying those cars when they push and change their designs. There is no flare or excitement and that pisses me off. I SO Love Lexus, the IS amazing but design wise, no way I would pick it over 3series or Cclass.

  • Travis

    Are we talking about the same BMW 3 series? That car is the definition of boring in everyway… better looking then the IS ? Your crazy . .

    BMW 3 series
    http://images.passionperformance.ca/photos/0/0/00295_2008_BMW_Serie_3.jpg
    http://www.usautoparts.net/bmw/pics/3er/e90/4275_rear.jpg

    Lexus IS
    http://www.lexus.com/lexus-share/images/gallery/models/IS/photos/exterior/g_ext2_IS-1041.jpg
    http://www.lexus.com/lexus-share/images/gallery/models/IS/photos/exterior/g_ext8_IS-1023.jpg

    The C-Class is 10x better looking then the BMW… but I would still pick the Lexus over the Benz because the C-Class interior is a disgrace to the Mercedes name.

  • Travis
  • V12mind

    If this is new look of the “L-Finesse” design philosophy, It’s going to be a rough next few years…

  • Vogel
  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    Wow, awesome eyes! I’ll have to write a post about this. :-)

  • Anonymous

    I think I have to eat my previous comment about the teaser photos, this looks quite decent, better than expected actually. Its not a pure beauty like the current GS but is reminiscent of the LF-Sh concept. The LED fog lamps & 3rd brake light are neat details & this is waaaaaay better than the CT concept plus finally there is some geometric precision to the design details! Interior photos are scarce but from what they’ve shown doesn’t look too bad, but I wonder how Lexus has integrated the Remote Touch & gear selector in the center console…without ruining the armrest & wood trim.

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    I’m excited that you’re excited! :-) I’ll do what I can to get a peek at the
    LF-Gh interior when I see it next week. ;-)

  • KRS

    Very exciting! I always found Lexus to be kinda boring.. I’m in my early 20s and looking to probably get a GS this year. This adds some sharpness that I like about Audi and Acura, but I love that it’s still a Lexus! All the reliability and pure luxury comes along with it.

    Now about the actual concept — Love the side profile and the back. Don’t like the grille.. but as others have said, this dramatic change will never go out on a production GS. At least not the standard one.

    The pics that I can see of the inside look very much like the new BMW 5 series – the metal around the wood on the dash and the nav/computer system at the top of the dash. Has the timepiece like an Infiniti. I actually don’t like that. I prefer a digital clock. But I’ve seen that a lot of people complain about the digital clocks and the fact that they are still green lol. The new timepiece IS classy though. Can’t wait for the new GS!

  • KRS

    oh and no side mirrors? erm… idk! lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/birdieting Birdie Ting

    Are you an industrial designer to comment about its look? do you like what people tell you what you specialize at? Designer for this level, they design with rationale, conceptually or practically. if you have high hope for this car, go on and visualize your concept drawing and show the world how great your design is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/birdieting Birdie Ting

    How would you design it then? i’d love to see.

  • http://www.facebook.com/birdieting Birdie Ting

    you don’t need to love this, people who love this will appreciate this. If you must say you hated this, perharps support with some rationale, so it people can learn something for your great eye of judgement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/birdieting Birdie Ting

    let me put your word into a more simple way to understand. Look at that Zeebra, its very Horse-ish, See that seagull? its very bird-ish. Common, they are crafted under the same family, same bloodline, same design language, they look the same and what’s so wrong about it? are you expecting a Hundai-ish? or BMWish? model from Lexus?

  • http://www.facebook.com/birdieting Birdie Ting

    i like your theory! yea i guess it might or might not…
    but you know some designs can be really time dependent, designers gotta be versatile to change. I suppose L-Finesse will be carry forward for the years to come, that said, we should stay more open minded to observe. I once heard “if you are not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up something originally creative”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/birdieting Birdie Ting

    oh yea, side track, from the way you post comments, this is what you did from my observation. :)
    Look at the gallery, comment something, back to the gallery, further comment about it, back to the gallery, can;t help it to give your last subjective comment again. you are a very kind, as given so many chances to the designs you hated so much.

  • GBSK

    The new Lexus GS grille does not appeal to me at all. I also hope that the trunk is a little more voluminous than my current 2010. Improve the trunk and make the grill less dramatic and I will buy one as soon as it comes out.

  • Lightson253

    Nice! Grille reminiscent of Volta! Rear from FT-HS!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, Krew! hope you can tell us something bout the center console layout…

  • Anonymous

    Looks like a 7500 + rpm redline

  • http://twitter.com/CruxFiveTen Crux

    Honestly, are you saying that the IS-F looks better than the M3? If we put a
    survey out based solely on their exterior looks, do you think I will be
    proven wrong? No, so don’t bust a nutt trying to defend your pov. I hate to
    be right but it is what it is….

    Just to give you a shot a being right Travis, start a survey somewhere i.e
    facebook and let me know how that goes.

  • http://twitter.com/CruxFiveTen Crux

    Oh btw those pictures you kindly linked are mostly modified, I’m talking
    about original form out of factory so get ur head on str8.

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    I think the IS-F looks better than the M3 — no question about it. Taste is
    subjective, there is no right or wrong, and I don’t see any point in arguing
    about it — let’s drop it, folks.

  • Travis

    Fail. Go away now.

  • Travis

    Of course the ISF looks better.. i’ve seen both in real life. The ISF looks more expensive/rich… sounds angry and hell.. def looks the part looks angry.

    The M3? what it has bigger rims? and a 4 tip exhaust ? thats all I ever notice body wise. Its boring and you have to be a car person because no one notices a normal M3. The ISF ? is flashy/shiny and looks fast sitting there.

    Hate all you want.

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    I would be surprised to see the analog timepiece make it to production, though it might fit once we see the rest of the interior. I do hope we see something other than the usual digital display.

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    I can’t say for sure, but I would expect a bigger trunk — it was certainly a drawback with the current GS that I can’t see them carrying over.