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2011-04-13 08:39

FUTURE SOPHISTICATION: The Lexus LF-Gh, is this what future high-performance four-door hybrid motoring will look like?

When it comes to premium hybrid vehicles, the global leader is undoubtedly Toyota’s luxury division, Lexus.

With a range of hybrids on offer since late 2006 the automaker has more experience than any other luxury brand when it comes to achieving the best compromise between efficiency and performance.

The latest hybridised Lexus to be revealed is the LF-Gh (short for Lexus Future Grand-Touring Hybrid) with Lexus leaking preview images of the concept car ahead of its 2011 New York auto show debut.

IS-F OF THE FUTURE?

Four-door in configuration, the LF-Gh’s looks like a futuristic GS with (decidedly) sporty styling overtures. It rides on the new GS platform and, bumper-to-bumper, is 63mm longer than the Lexus mid-range luxury sedan. It has 20" alloy rims shod with 245/35-profile tyres up front and 285/30 at the rear and looks like something that could replace the IS-F as the brand’s signature four-door performance car…

Lexus chief designer Kengo Matsumoto admits its assertive detailing and bold proportions are at odds with its low-emissions hybrid-drive billing (they’ve tried to make the exhausts as small as possible though), yet why can’t a future hybrid-drive luxury sedan look sporty and be environmentally friendly, too?

In true Lexus tradition, the LF-Gh has rear-wheel drive and will be powered by a (very) sophisticated hybridised drivetrain – the details of which should become public knowledge on the eve of 2011 New York auto show opening on April 22.

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