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Lexus goes bold with GS redesign

That face! Lexus may be looking to get a leg up on the competition -- especially with Infiniti firing on all cylinders with its new M-Hybrid -- but the new LF-Gh may just scare all of the other luxury hybrids into submission upon first glance.

The new LF-Gh concept is a thinly disguised preview of what the next generation Lexus GS will look like. Although this concept is of the hybrid version of the next generation GS, the conventional GS won't stray too far from this design.

The menacing front grille is no doubt what will draw the most stares from people, however. It seems as though luxury makers are going for bigger is better when it comes to grilles (we're looking at you, Audi), but Lexus takes the cake here. Looking like the Predator's gaping maw, this will probably be one of the most divisive grille treatments in recent memory, save for the 2009 Acura TL.

Moving around to the side, the LF-Gh looks to be strongly channeling E60 BMW 5-Series, although some of Lexus' "L-Finesse" design language also tries to peek through. 

"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."

"Customers have been waiting for a bold concept like this from Lexus," said Mark Templin, Lexus Division group vice president and general manager. "We look forward to their feedback and integrating some of these exciting design features into future Lexus vehicles."

Lexus is being awfully quiet about the LF-Gh's powertrain specifications, but the company will no doubt spill the beans at the concept's official reveal on May 1.

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Nice Grill
By Flunk on 4/12/2011 1:32:07 PM , Rating: 3
The front end of this concept is really nice and agressive but the rest of the car is rather plain-looking. It would be nice to see more aggressive lines down the side of it. The article is correct in comparing it to a BMW 5-series it's just as boring as BMW's styling.

RE: Nice Grill
By FITCamaro on 4/12/2011 1:52:24 PM , Rating: 1
The rest could be slightly edgier.

RE: Nice Grill
By corduroygt on 4/12/2011 2:46:47 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the overhangs look horrible. This car could easily have 5" more wheelbase while keeping the same length.

RE: Nice Grill
By FITCamaro on 4/12/2011 3:18:15 PM , Rating: 1
Not sure what you mean. In terms of where the wheels are located and how the fenders hang over them I think it looks fine.

RE: Nice Grill
By Iketh on 4/13/2011 3:51:54 AM , Rating: 2
bet that's a weight saving design... longer wheelbase probably means considerably more weight reinforcing the entire unibody

RE: Nice Grill
By Keeir on 4/14/2011 3:40:36 AM , Rating: 2

Pedestrian Crash Safety requires there to be significant front overhang... even in a RWD car...

RE: Nice Grill
By AssBall on 4/12/2011 2:57:25 PM , Rating: 3
I dunno what do you do, add a completely functionless styled spoiler to match the front? Maybe some fake intake scoops in front of the rear wells? Seems like it would be hard to do tastefully. Maybe just a more angled rear end altogether (CTS comes to mind)?

RE: Nice Grill
By FITCamaro on 4/12/2011 3:17:05 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah thats what I mean. Make the rear lines a little edgier instead of as curved. Fake or even real scoops for the rear wheels would look retarded.

RE: Nice Grill
By AssBall on 4/12/2011 4:18:51 PM , Rating: 2
That would make it a little nicer on the eyes. Straighten up the back end and make it less "busy".

RE: Nice Grill
By JediJeb on 4/12/2011 5:05:31 PM , Rating: 2
I guess I'm the opposite on this, I prefer the smooth curves to the sharp angles. I guess is why I like the Pontiac Solstice better than the Saturn Sky styling wise.

RE: Nice Grill
By FITCamaro on 4/14/2011 9:57:04 AM , Rating: 2
Disagree. The Sky looks way better. The Solstice is too buggy looking.

RE: Nice Grill
By gamerk2 on 4/12/2011 2:02:49 PM , Rating: 2
Co-signed. Front looks great, but the rest doesn't match the feel the front gives off...

RE: Nice Grill
By Hieyeck on 4/12/2011 2:33:09 PM , Rating: 2
It's a Lexus. The ONLY car they made that stood out from a crowd was the LFA, and even then, not so much. Rented a few different gens/models and own an older model myself. Lexus is the most boring car company in the world, but I'll be darned if I can find another company this consistently comfy.

RE: Nice Grill
By FITCamaro on 4/12/2011 3:18:57 PM , Rating: 2
Actually my buddy with an 06 IS350 thinks my 06 GTO seats are more comfortable.

RE: Nice Grill
By Gzus666 on 4/12/2011 4:51:33 PM , Rating: 2
I have sat in many Lexus vehicles and I have to say their seats aren't nearly as comfortable as many other manufacturers.

RE: Nice Grill
By FITCamaro on 4/12/2011 5:04:52 PM , Rating: 2
For me his aren't bad but they're too soft in the lumbar area.

RE: Nice Grill
By Dr of crap on 4/12/2011 3:31:29 PM , Rating: 1
Sorry that grill is totally stupid.
If it's a hybrid it doesn't need as much grill space.
This is a bad as the smilling Mazda's!

RE: Nice Grill
By maevinj on 4/12/2011 3:45:35 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, it kind of reminds me of the mouth of a Predator

RE: Nice Grill
By stm1185 on 4/12/2011 4:18:20 PM , Rating: 2
That grill looks retarded. Way to elongated.

RE: Nice Grill
By JediJeb on 4/12/2011 5:07:59 PM , Rating: 2
I was getting thoughts of a Cylon as much as Predator.

RE: Nice Grill
By cruisin3style on 4/14/2011 8:07:02 PM , Rating: 2
lol, i'm an owner of one of those smiling mazdas!

I really like the car, and don't even mind the front much...but every now and then I see another 2010+ 3 coming from the opposite direction and I think "dammit"

RE: Nice Grill
By bobny1 on 4/12/2011 8:09:22 PM , Rating: 2
Well. That grill makes me hungry. it reminds me of a

Butt ugly
By Etern205 on 4/12/11, Rating: 0
RE: Butt ugly
By Brandon Hill on 4/12/2011 2:19:31 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, it's coming alright -- this is a 95% representation of the final vehicle. Add side mirrors, door handles, and proper exhaust tips and you have the production vehicle.

RE: Butt ugly
By Etern205 on 4/12/2011 2:35:52 PM , Rating: 2
It it does make it to production, expect the MSRP to be like in the $50K and this "dream car" is once again a poster in someone's room.
The IS F starts at $59K and LFA is $350K.

RE: Butt ugly
By AssBall on 4/12/2011 3:01:49 PM , Rating: 2
I guess Toyota thinks there exists a market for "hybrid sport luxury", though they all are semi-contradictory.

RE: Butt ugly
By GTVic on 4/12/2011 2:34:13 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, seems like a pimp/drug/gangster-mobile.

RE: Butt ugly
By Hulk on 4/12/2011 8:02:49 PM , Rating: 2
You are absolutely correct. It's an abomination.

By kaborka on 4/12/2011 2:11:37 PM , Rating: 3
Looks like a rolling fireplace!

RE: Ugh
By Etern205 on 4/12/2011 2:38:10 PM , Rating: 2
You can toast bread on that grill!

RE: Ugh
By FITCamaro on 4/12/2011 3:20:18 PM , Rating: 3
I view that as a feature.

By quiksilvr on 4/12/2011 1:25:57 PM , Rating: 2
I BEG OF YOU! Stop conforming to the status quo and just go bonkers!

By FITCamaro on 4/12/2011 1:51:08 PM , Rating: 3
I would think this concept actually has a shot at being produced. It's lines mirror those of Audi. So I don't see why they couldn't be produced. Typically concepts don't make it because they don't conform to crash standards or would restrict view too much in certain areas (out the back, sides, etc).

By mmp121 on 4/12/2011 5:43:38 PM , Rating: 2
Grill does have a totally unique look though.

By YashBudini on 4/13/2011 7:30:02 PM , Rating: 2
Incomplete is the word you may be looking for.

Is that a B photo after some front parts have been stolen?

By C5Rftw on 4/13/2011 2:11:44 AM , Rating: 2
The sides and rear of the car are a good indicator that the front, grill mainly, will be toned down IMO. Lexus (toyota) is very good at marketing their products and I think the suits would decide that certain target buyers might go elsewhere. Basically the suits most always ruin what the end product of a car "could be". Like what happened to the volt. If they would of made the concept volt, they would probably have sold more than 1,500.

RE: Grill
By Dr of crap on 4/13/2011 8:54:55 AM , Rating: 2
No sorry, the stying would be outweighed by the insane price tag for the Volt.

Hybrid or not, that is a Lexus price on a Chevy.

By Beenthere on 4/12/2011 10:43:36 PM , Rating: 2
With this fugly design Lexus will certainly alienate any potential customers.

By YashBudini on 4/13/2011 7:26:57 PM , Rating: 2
It's the Audi mouth with even more angles.

Predator Photo
By YashBudini on 4/13/2011 7:34:03 PM , Rating: 2
Oh Brandon, where was your sense of humor when the 1974 AMC line up was released? Especially the Matador.

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