Lexus arrived in Frankfurt with the LF-Ch Concept that previews an upcoming premium-hatch by the Toyota-owned auto maker. The gold coloured concept features a hybrid drivetrain, that includes a 147HP 2.4 liter combustion engine and a 40HP electric motor. It also has an EV mode, meaning the concept would be able to run on pure electric mode. Outside, it is treated to, among others, Lexus’ L-finesse design philosophy, with a bolder Lexus grille design, full-width bumper and air dam up front, and rear doorhandles that are integrated in the C-pillar window trim. It measures 4,300 mm long, 1,790 mm wide, 1,400 mm high and has a wheelbase which is 2,600 mm long. It sits on 225/35 R20 tires.
The interior is mostly finished in semi-aniline leather, polished aluminium, wood and soft-touch materials. It has a wide-grip steering wheel with paddle shift controls and an instrument binnacle housing large twin dials embellished with a turbine motif.
To help keep the driver’s focus on the road ahead, distracting instrumentation and switchgear has been kept to a minimum by using Lexus Remote Touch controls, as first seen in the new RX 450h. Using a multi-information display on top of the dashboard, Remote Touch works like a computer mouse, letting the driver access control and customise a range of information, entertainment and vehicle set-up programmes. Continue reading to view an image gallery of the Lexus LF-Ch Concept.