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From the looks of the few curves we can so far, it appears that Lexus designers are pouring some emotion into the hybrid concept that the brand has planned for the New York Auto Show.

Based on these details, we'll go ahead and predict that this 1, called the LF-Gh, is 1 of those concepts that Lexus plans to actually build as opposed to those intended as a design exercise just to get attention. Lexus says LF-Gh stands for Lexus Future Grand Touring Hybrid. Interesting to see how Lexus had yet another way to incorporate LED lights into the headlights in the photo at right.

In teasing its looks, Lexus says the goal is to try to make its roomy sedan "bolder, (a) more distinct projection of what a luxury car could become in a modern world. The result is the LF-Gh concept, which conveys original thoughts and ideas that may migrate to future Lexus vehicles on a global scale."

We'll all get to see the end result at the show, which the public can view from April 20 to May 1.

 

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Lexus has decided to pull the wraps off its LF-Gh – which stands for Lexus Future Grand-Touring Hybrid – ahead of its official debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show. Interestingly, Lexus itself describes the styling of its latest conceptual hybrid sedan as something of a contradiction in terms. Says Kengo Matsumoto, general manager of Toyota's Lexus Design Division:

For this concept, Lexus designers studied characteristics that are often considered contradictory and difficult to execute together. The captivating design of the LF-Gh concept examines the possibility of balancing what are normally opposing qualities, such as style and functionality.

Expect such offbeat styling details to make an appearance on future Lexus production models, including what the company is calling its "aggressive and bold spindle-shaped front grille."

As a grand-touring sedan, Lexus says the rear-wheel-drive LF-Gh will offer plenty of room for "multiple occupants at higher speeds on long-distance drives." We don't have any real detailed photos of the car's interior, but the automaker claims it hints at "an all-new, future Lexus interior" that incorporates a new 3-dimensional analog clock, whatever that means.

As you'd expect from any new concept from the global leader in hybrids, the LF-Gh Concept features a hybridized powertrain of unknown specification. We do find it interesting, though, that Lexus is purposely trying to diminish the appearance of the car's exhaust in an effort to "suggest that the flow of exhaust gas will be substantially reduced."

Stay tuned for live images from the show floor in New York later this month. In the meantime, feel free to check out the official press release after the break and be sure to take a nice, long gander at the high-res image gallery below.

*UPDATE: Video added after the break. Enjoy!
 
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