By Amos Kwon
on 4.20.11

The newly introduced Lexus LF-Gh Concept stands apart from the myriad anemically designed hybrids we’ve seen (sans the Bugatti 16C Galibier). But what makes this car so important is not its expected fuel efficiency but rather the bolder design direction it will take Lexus. Note the spindle-shaped grille, large and quite original, that seems to have a tire tread themed surface captured within. The tail lights are also a new approach from Lexus, utilizing thin darts and vents, and carries a more elegant aesthetic than what you currently find on the LS. The front airdam cutouts are far more aggressive than current Lexus models and the entire profile of the car shows strong European influences. Two of the most noticeable aspects of this concept are the flush door handles and the conspicuous absence of any side mirrors, no doubt made up for by the use of cameras. Powered by Lexus Hybrid Drive, it should deliver excellent fuel economy and hopefully decent performance if it ever comes to fruition. After seeing the LF-Gh in person we can attest that it works, impressively so. Lexus, we welcome your new designs and risks with wide open arms.

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