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2008-09-12 07:09
Lexus will be showcasing this rather fetching cros

Lexus will be showcasing this rather fetching crossover design – the LF-Xh – at the Paris motor show next month. The real Lexus star will be the new IS 250 convertible though.

Lexus will continue its environmental drive at the Paris motor show with the LF-Xh crossover concept.

A hybrid car – employing the all-wheel drive Lexus hybrid drive system similar to a GS450h – LF-Xh highlights the potential of Lexus’s L-finesse design philosophy.

Lexus says it features elegant, highly sculptured bodywork. We say it looks good, but the nose has a lot of Honda CR-V to it and so does the blue-backlighting of the interior.

The Lexus hybrid drive system, currently available in the GS450h, combines a 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 218kW and 147kW electric motor to ensure seamless, yet efficient, high performance driving characteristics.

It’s hard to say what production form the LF-Xh could morph into; our bets are as a possible RX replacement.

Beyond the LF-Xh hybrid concept most fashion conscious Parisian show goers will be thrilled to finally see Lexus doing the right thing and chopping the IS250’s roof off to give SLK and 3 Series convertible owners a huge bout of style envy.


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