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.
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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.

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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.

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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.