Not about to be outdone by the BMW 5-Series GT, Lexus announced it will introduce the LF-Gh Hybrid Concept at the 2011 New York International Auto Show later this month.
Teaser shots for the LF-Gh, which stands for Lexus Future Grand Touring Hybrid, reveal an evolution of the L-finesse design language and according to Lexus it is a "bolder, more distinct projection of what a luxury car could become in a modern world."
Traditionally, Lexus concepts have closely mirrored future models, so the decision to adopt the GT style is a strong indication that a 5-Series GT competitor is in the works. Additionally, many of the design elements including the"spindle" front grille and sharper knife-cut lines will become hallmarks of Lexus designs, including the GS which is next in line for an overhaul.
As a 5-Series rival, the GS would make a natural choice to be offered in the GT fastback style, but the question remains whether or not the "modern world" is ready for these type of vehicles.
Since its introduction sales of the 5-Series GT have been slow. Lacking both the utility of the X5, or even X6 for that matter, and the handsome proportions of the 5 series sedan, the GT has been a hard sell. With its own trifecta of SUVs, Lexus could face a similar challenge with a GT version of the GS sedan.
Long languishing in the shadows of the Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5-Series, the GS has never captured the market share of its Teutonic rivals. The recently redesigned Infiniti M now handily outsells the ageing GS with of 1,203 last month compared to just 431 for the GS. All eyes will be on the LF-Gh at its debut because it will hint at Lexus' strategy in the highly competitive segment.