Lexus has given a first glimpse of just what its compact entry into the premium hybrid market will look like when it is released at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month.
The premium Toyota brand says the LF-CH, you can bet that won’t be its final name, will offer Lexus Hybrid Drive in a practical five-door body that meets the needs of customers in the premium compact market.
Lexus says the LF-CH will reinforce its position as the only manufacturer to offer a range of hybrid vehicles.
LF-CH combines stylish design and full hybrid technology, in a practical five-door compact package, to fulfil the needs of the most demanding premium compact segment customers.
Benefiting from an electric-only driving capability, a key feature of Lexus Hybrid Drive, LF-Ch will allow for virtually silent urban driving with zero emissions.
More detailed information and images of the Lexus LF-Ch will be released on September 11.
The rear three-quarter illustration shows an edgy hatchback with deep aerodynamic aids on the rear end.
Using the 1.8-litre petrol-electric drive system from the Prius, the LF-Ch is based on the same front-drive Toyota small-car platform that underpins the Prius and Corolla, which will also appear at Frankfurt with a hybrid drive system.
Toyota has said it will launch eight new hybrid models in Australia within the next four years and the Hybrid Corolla is expected to be the next of those.