Although the new Lexus remains largely under wraps, it's clear from this trio of scoop pictures that the LF-Ch remains remarkably faithful to the concept car at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show. Lexus LF-Ch (2010): what the production one will look like
Although the rear is peeking out from under a blanket, most of the LF-Ch remains shrouded. However, that rump is very similar to the 2009 concept's. Only a repositioned number plate and plainer rear lights that drop the boomerang theme seem to have changed.
Remember that the show car sported a hybrid powertrain (hence the 'h' in the badge) and this remains the only
motive power for production versions. At its official unveiling in Switzerland in early March 2010, only a petrol-electric model will be announced – no petrols or diesels are expected.
UK sales of the upmarket Lexus hatch will begin late in 2010 – and Lexus expects great things of its new C-sector entrant. This market is expanding rapidly, premium small hatchbacks expected to be the biggest of all premium segments in the next 12 months, analysts claim.
BMW's experience with the 1-series is that it draws in a customer base 76% of whom have never owned a Beamer before. This is a stepping stone car, then. An introductory offer to the whisper-quiet world of Lexus refinement. What's underneath the striking new bodywork?
It's still unclear (officially). Unofficially, we expect the new Lexus LF-Ch to sport a hybrid powertrain related to the 1.8-litre petrol-electric system in the latest Toyota Prius, but with more grunt than its 134bhp combined maximum. It's smaller than a Prius, so performance should be sprightlier.
What with the Toyota FT-Ch – a new, smaller future addition to the Prius family unveiled at Detroit – Toyota is clearly finally making good on its promise to bombard the market with a hybrid in every sector this decade.
Lexus is about to unveil the new LF-Ch premium compact hatchback – launching it slap bang into the territory of posh Golfs, 1-series and A3s. And an anonymous CAR Online reader has helpfully sent in these spyshots of the new 2010 LF-Ch while it was on promotional duties ahead of its 2010 Geneva show debut.