WESTPORT, Conn., May 10, 2011 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Connecticut Lexus drivers were given a glimpse of things to come when Lexus revealed the LF-Gh concept car at the New York International Auto Show. Though the concept will undergo significant changes before it enters production, some of the styling cues and technology presented at the auto show will soon make their way to local Lexus dealerships like New Country Lexus of Westport.
Lexus cars and SUVs have always been known for extreme reliability, cutting-edge technology and styling that stresses sophistication over flashiness. The LF-Gh concept showed that Lexus designers had a bit more freedom than in the past, resulting in a car with sharp angles, hard shoulders and a front grille with enough attitude to take on any challenge.
“The LF-Gh concept is a real departure from Lexus designs of the past,” said Eric Brennan, general manager of Westport Lexus dealer New Country Lexus of Westport. “It’s strong and muscular but still has the sophistication that Lexus drivers have come to expect. While it will be toned down a bit during production, it’s a clue to the unique visual identity that Lexus will create for itself in the coming year.”
Though the concept car’s hood was never lifted, Lexus says the LF-Gh will be powered by a hybrid drivetrain governing the rear wheels, lending credence to their dubbing the car a “grand touring sedan,” which suggests equal parts sport and comfort over long distances. It also means that golf clubs will easily be swallowed by the LF-Gh, which will have similar proportions to the current Lexus GS 460.
The comparisons to the Lexus GS are no coincidence, as the LF-Gh is widely believed to be the inspiration for an upcoming refresh of the GS. If true, this would also indicate that the GS will add a hybrid option to its existing V-6 and V-8 powertrains.
Lexus says its designers paid careful attention to airflow over the vehicle, which helps explain the massive grill that grabs attention away from the rest of the pinched front end. What may go unnoticed at first is the absence of side mirrors, which have been tossed in favor of small cameras that allow the car to further cheat the wind. Although more aerodynamic, this feature could meet its end at the hands of U.S. regulations that require mirrors as standard safety equipment.
“Lexus stepped out of their comfort zone with the LF-Gh,” Brennan said. “The concept car shows a bold new face for future Lexus cars, as well as practical hybrid technology that could have a significant impact on fuel economy. The new Lexus designs will stand out from other cars in a bold way, and that boldness will be matched by superior technology under the hood.”
About New Country Lexus of Westport:
Connecticut Lexus owners look to New Country Lexus of Westport when it comes to sales and service. Whether customers are seeking a new CT 200h or a used RX 350, New Country Lexus of Westport has a wide selection of new and used Lexus models to choose from, and their expert service department will follow up any purchase with excellent maintenance and repairs. Part of the New Country Motor Car Group family of dealerships, New Country Lexus of Westport is located at 187 Kings Hwy Cutoff in Fairfield, Conn. Find them online at www.newcountrylexusofwestport.com or call them at 888-789-1318.
Robert Maizner, of New Country Motor Car Group, 518-584-7700