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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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