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by George Skentzos

Lexus has released new details for its Frankfurt-bound LF-Ch full hybrid concept representing the brand’s first approach to the competitive European premium compact segment.

With growing demand for smaller, more fuel efficient cars without compromising refinement, Lexus expects the compact segment to claim the largest share of the European premium car market.

The LF-Ch concept presents an evolution of Lexus’s L-finesse design philosophy, combining leading-edge engineering and technology with a user-friendly simplicity of function.

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A more prominent Lexus grille sits above the deep full-width bumper and air damn, with overlapping aerodynamic front wings channelling air through to the brakes, giving the LF-Ch a powerful and purposeful wide-track stance.

Its silhouette is recognisable by the steeply raked windscreen, long flowing roofline, blacked-out B-pillars and rear door handles integrated in the C-pillar window trim, combining to give the appearance of a sporting coupe.

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Subtle finishing touches include discreet Lexus hybrid blue badges and sharply tapering chrome mouldings.

Inside, the cabin features an asymmetric dashboard with the driver’s needs seamlessly anticipated in several forms, for example, when the car is started a greeting is presented on the navigation screen and an ambient lighting pattern appears in the roofliner.

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Extensive use of semi-aniline leather, polished aluminium, wood and soft-touch materials reflects the premium feel expected from the eventual production model.

To help keep the driver’s focus on the road ahead, distracting instrumentation and switchgear has been kept to a minimum by using Lexus Remote Touch controls, as first seen in the new RX 450h.




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