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Lexus LF-Ch Concept
Vehicle is expected to hit production next year

Lexus has unveiled its latest premium compact car concept called the Lexus LF-Ch hybrid. The car is an attempt by Lexus to enter into the hotly contested premium compact category in Europe that is currently filled with BMW 1-Series and Audi A3.

Lexus is mum on the details of the concepts powertrain, but does say that once the vehicle goes into production next year it is likely to use the same powertrain as the HS 250h. The HS 250h powertrain is good for 34 mpg combined and consists of a 2.4 liter 147hp four-cylinder engine combined with a 245V battery pack and electric motor to bring the total power to 187hp. The power train will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that can be shifted via paddles on the steering wheel.

The concept is the first Lexus full hybrid in the European premium compact segment. Also featured in the concept are the Remote Touch controls that were first seen on the RX 450h and a multi-information display on the top of the dashboard. The Remote Touch control is sort of like a mouse on a computer that allows the driver access and customize the information they are presented with and enter set up programs for the vehicle.

The interior of the vehicle is covered in aluminum and wood trim with ambient lights in the header and iPhone docs for the passengers in the rear seats. The exterior of the car is highly stylized with blacked out B-pillars and door handles integrated into the pillars to give the four door a coupe look.



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RE: That looks way too wonky to be a Lexus
By rippleyaliens on 9/10/2009 1:44:58 PM , Rating: -1
Uppity People??? How about the Fact that 1. A lexus doesnt really cost that much more than a Honda?? Not to mention a Lex.. has this thing called.. Reliability, and a REALLLYYYY good Warranty......

2. If ya cant afford it, then say it.. don't call people who do this magical thing called WORK.. And strive for knowledge which in turns increases their income.. HENCE can like AFFORD said vehicles.. You drive a Scion.. OH GOOODYY..
I drive a LEXUS.. Does that make me better.. NO!!! By all means. Does that make me smarter NO!!! by all means..
Does that mean i have a better warranty- YES..
Does that mean that my car will have a higher re-sale- YES!!
Does that mean my car rides better,, YES!!!

Meh Lexus rx300 Runs just fine.. AND Is cheaper than Mercedes/Honda/GMC/definitely cheaper than Cadillac.


RE: That looks way too wonky to be a Lexus
By invidious on 9/10/2009 2:49:01 PM , Rating: 2
Your response was actually pretty uppity.

If you don't want people judging you based on your Lexus then take all of the Lexus ornaments off your car and replace them with Honda ornaments. But you do what people judging you based on your Lexus, which is why you bought it, so be quiet.


By Spuke on 9/10/2009 4:00:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
But you do what people judging you based on your Lexus, which is why you bought it, so be quiet.
Although, there are some buyers where this would be true, there are actually people that buy a Lexus because they like it. With nearly everyone justifying what they buy, I can see why you would feel that way.


By mmcdonalataocdotgov on 9/11/2009 9:10:54 AM , Rating: 2
First: I wouldn't care what anyone thought of my having Lexus badges on my car. I buy a car for me, not for other people's opinion.

Second: If I put Honda badges on my car, then people would think I thought I knew something about cars, but bought small fugly unreliable cars from nasty uppity dealers (we never discount Hondas because the idiots keep coming in to buy the things with their broken transmissions, etc).

So you see... if I put the H badge on, I would care what other people think of my car, but since I don't, then I'll keep my badges. Not that I'm uppity about it...


By FITCamaro on 9/10/2009 3:11:57 PM , Rating: 2
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A lexus doesnt really cost that much more than a Honda??


Honda Accord LX starts at $21,000
Honda Accord EX-L V6 (highest model) starts at $$29,000

Lexus ES starts at $34,000
Lexus GS starts at $45,000

Yeah not much more....

And last I checked Honda's are some of the most reliable cars on the road. My parents had an 88 Civic with over 300,000 miles on it that ran great until my brother totaled it.

Honda Warranty: Bumper-to-bumper 3 year/36,000 miles, powertrain 5 year/60,000 miles, corrosion 5 years/unlimited miles, accessories 3 year/36,000 miles

Lexus Warranty: bumper-to-bumper 4 years/48,000 miles, powertrain 6 years/70,000 miles, 6 years/unlimited miles

So one extra year warranty.


RE: That looks way too wonky to be a Lexus
By JediJeb on 9/10/2009 4:39:40 PM , Rating: 2
But did you pay $16,000 for that Lexus and is it still running strong after 13 years and 200,000 miles? That is what will sell a vehicle to me :)


By HunkyOne on 9/11/2009 12:16:57 PM , Rating: 2
I paid $17,000 for my Ford Contour SE and I'm still driving it daily after 12 years and 210,000 miles. I'm sold.


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