LEXUS TAKES ITS SEDAN TO A NEW LEVEL
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Published on Sun, Apr 17, 2011
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
LF-Gh concept to make world debut at 2011 New York International Auto Show NEW YORK—The Lexus LF-Gh hybrid concept will make its global debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The concept, which sets out to redefine the brand’s approach to the premium grand touring sedan, will be at the Lexus display through May 1. “For this concept, Lexus designers studied characteristics that are often considered contradictory and difficult to execute together,” said Kengo Matsumoto, general manager, Lexus Design Division, Toyota Motor Corporation. “The captivating design of the LF-Gh concept examines the possibility of balancing what are normally opposing qualities, such as style and functionality.”
The team explored how a future grand touring sedan would look standing still and on the road, and what design approaches might work to convey an extraordinary combination of attributes. They came up with a design that unites hard and soft; and energetic and soothing elements. Through this exercise, the definition of L-Finesse, the marque’s design philosophy since 2001, has evolved. The result is the LF-Gh concept, which conveys elements that Lexus says will migrate to its future vehicles on a global scale. LED lighting provides an introduction to new materials, electronics and dynamic systems that endow this concept vehicle meant to advance performance, driving control, and safety features. Lexus believes the LF-Gh’s styling embodies the definition of what an authentic grand touring sedan from Lexus could be.
Design Architecture Viewed from the front, design elements contributing to the assertive effect include a boldly designed spindle-shaped grille that expresses the resolute face of Lexus, contributes to radiator and brake duct function, and is an essential element in achieving excellent aerodynamic performance. As an example, air flows in through front inlets adjacent to the unique vertical LED fog lamps, and exits through similar slim rear outlets that follow the curve of the tail lamps from the rear quarter panel. The concept also explores the minimization of traditional features such as side mirrors and door handles to enhance the sleekness and improve aerodynamics. The spindle-shaped grille also plays a role in airflow control and enhancing stability, says Lexus.
Crouching Tiger Front fenders work to create a sense of movement, pushing down toward the ground to convey a low, crouching center of gravity. The raised hood implies ready and powerful performance potential. The rear deck has a robust, raised center deck lid that lets the air smoothly glide backward to flow gracefully into the rear fenders. Deeply sculptured dynamic twin spokes stemming from the center of the 20-inch wheels enhance an instinctive sense of driving appeal. Lexus designers took advantage of increased width that provides an expansive canvas for distinct, wrap-around LED tail lamps. The use of distinctive tail lamps and intricately designed reflectors behind all-red lenses contribute to a strong visual presence. Judicious use of slim chrome trim elements in the bumper exhaust and integrated diffuser adds a subtle premium touch.
Hidden Dragon Behind dark tinted glass, hints of an all-new, future Lexus interior can be perceived. The cabin of the LF-Gh is the product of a meticulous re-examination of every detail, with the aim of making an interior that is driver-oriented. The driver’s zone includes a meter panel with excellent visibility and a console with intuitive operability. An all-new analog clock with a three-dimensional face, a contemporary and exclusive timepiece suitable to a premium luxury brand, is a focal point of the interior and represents a shift in Lexus’ design philosophy.
Hybrid Propulsion Blue LED Lexus Hybrid Drive badges located on the front grille and rear trunk lid signal an intention to provide equal measures of fuel efficiency and performance on demand. The rear valance blends sculpted exhaust tips for a clean, finished look, minimizing the presence of the exhaust system to suggest that the flow of exhaust gas will be substantially reduced. “Taken as a whole, the treatment emphasizes that this hybrid concept is designed to comply with the exceptionally low emissions requirements of the future,” says Matsumoto. “Although only a concept, we hope the LF-Gh will resonate with our customers worldwide, and communicate our intention to once again advance ideas about the face of Lexus luxury in the years to come,” said Matsumoto.
SPECIFICATIONS Name of vehicle: Lexus LF-Gh Concept Propulsion: Lexus Hybrid Drive Tire size (Front): P245/35R20 Tire size (Rear): P285/30R20 Dimensions Length: 192.5 inches Width: 73.6 inches Height: 57.1 inches Wheelbase: 112.2 inches