Frankfurt Motor Show: Lexus LF-Ch hybridNew Leuxs compact hybrid fully unveiled
14 September 2009
Lexus has revealed more details of its LF-Ch Concept ahead of the , starting tomorrow. It’s a premium medium-sized hatchback with stunning looks and a hybrid heart.
These are the first proper pictures of the new Lexus LF-Ch. As you can see, it’s a compact five-door hatchback. Embodying Lexus’ latest ‘L-finesse’ design philosophy, itself said to be rooted in Japanese culture, the LF-Ch attempts to achieve an integrated whole between exterior, interior, drivetrain and technology.
Some would argue that’s the purpose of every car - but who are we to complain? The end result is remarkably visually aggressive for both a Lexus and especially an ecological-minded hybrid.
Noteworthy highlights include the large scoops in the front wings, intended to feed cool air to the brakes, the integrated rear spoiler and inset rear window, and the blacked-out central pillar, which gives the LF-Ch a kind of coupé look.
Minimalist interior with iPhone docking
On the inside the asymetrical dashboard and minimalist design gives the LF-Ch an almost race car feel, but it maintains many luxury appointments. Neat concept car features include the appearance of an ambient light pattern in the headlining when the ignition is switched on, and iPhone docking for rear seat passengers, including screens in the front seat backs.
Gear changes are made via large paddleshifters mounted behind the steering wheel. Many of the secondary controls are accessed via the same ‘Remote Touch’ system that Lexus already employs in the new RX 450h hybrid SUV.
How green is the LF-Ch?
Frustratingly, Lexus still hasn’t released any information about the LF-Ch’s hybrid drivetrain. We would expect this to be some kind of petrol-electric combination (Lexus is unlikely to use a diesel engine). Low emissions and high mpg figures are no doubt assured. We should learn more at the Frankfurt Motor Show, so check back for updates and on 15th and 16th September.
While the LF-Ch is a concept, it’s not hard to guess that Lexus fully intends to bring a premium hatchback to the market soon, as a rival to the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series. Don’t expect it to look quite as angry as this does, but the general shape should remain true.
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