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by Tim Beissmann

The Lexus LF-Gh concept has been almost completely revealed in the lead-up to its official unveiling at next week’s 2011 New York International Auto Show.

The most striking feature of the LF-Gh is the aggressive hourglass front grille, which Lexus calls the ‘spindle’. If you’re not an instant fan, don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of time to get used to it.

Lexus says the spindle is a “key feature that will be inherited by future Lexus models”. As well as projecting a resolute look, the spindle grille contributes to efficient aerodynamics, and effective radiator and brake duct operation.

The LF-Gh was created on a “clean sheet of paper”, as the designers sought to redefine the brand’s luxury grand tourer.

While Lexus says there is “potential for new ideas to be carried forward to future Lexus production vehicles”, the LF-Gh is much more than just a concept vehicle.

The New York concept will form the basis of the next-generation GS hybrid, which will to enter production by 2013.

At 4890mm long, 1870mm wide, 1450mm tall and with a wheelbase of 2850mm, the LF-Gh concept is 40mm longer, 50mm wider and 20mm taller than the current Lexus GS 450h.

The exterior design is sleek and progressive and abandons the curves and ovals of the current GS. LEDs abound front and rear, giving the vehicle a unique character. Slim chrome details add traditional class, while the deep bumpers and 20-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels contribute to an exceptionally sporty design.

Lexus is giving less away about the interior, but has highlighted the “three-dimensional” analogue clock as the focal point.

There is no word yet on what’s under the bonnet and the floor of the LF-Gh, but Lexus assures its Lexus Hybrid Drive system will excel at delivering “power, efficiency, safety and environmental consideration”.

CarAdvice will be live at the New York Auto Show next week for the unveiling of the Lexus LF-Gh concept, as well as all the other unveilings. Stay tuned.




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