Lexus debuts Lf-GH hybrid concept; all filler, no killer

Lexus unveiled the Lf-GH concept car, a hybrid model that hinted at a new design direction for the company.

Automaker Lexus on Friday coyly unveiled the Lf-GH concept car, a hybrid model that hinted at a new design direction for the company.

The vehicle, which made its global debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show, is a high-performance touring sedan intended to showcase new technologies and, from a visual standpoint, convey "a bolder, more distinct projection of what a premium car could be."

In Lexus Design manager Kengo Matsumoto's words:

For this concept, Lexus designers studied characteristics that are often considered contradictory and difficult to execute together. The captivating design of the LF-Gh concept examines the possibility of balancing what are normally opposing qualities, such as style and functionality.

In the announcement, Lexus avoided specifications and details, instead relying on a wealth of adjectives ("inspiring," "dynamic" and "authentic") to justify the concept's existence.

Nonetheless, a few details emerged. Among new materials, electronics and systems, extensive LED lighting was one clear-cut feature, as well as an analog clock "with a three-dimensional face."

Aside from that, parent company Toyota did little to reveal what makes the vehicle's hybrid drivetrain tick. But concept cars exist for a reason, and I'm sure we'll hear more about new technologies shortly.

Toyota Entune, anyone ?

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