First Look: Lexus LF-Ch Hybrid Concept

Today, it’s official: here’s the Lexus LF-Ch concept, the show car for the 2009 Frankfurt motor show that aims to compete with the likes of the BMW 1-Series.

Offering the latest in hybrid technology, the concept will allow the driver to choose between four driving modes, ranging from full EV-mode to a sport mode with amplified throttle response. A sporty steering wheel with integrated paddle shifters adds to the driving excitement during spirited driving.

The sleek lines and blacked out B-pillar give the impression of a hatch sporting only 2-doors. Hidden in the chrome trim are entry buttons for the rear doors. Another techno-feature are the LED head- and tail-lights.

The 4-door hatchback will feature four sports seats with accent lighting throughout the cabin. Instead of offering the normal headrest mounted video screens, Lexus chose to incorporate iPod docking stations in the headrests to allow rear seat passengers to use their iPod as entertainment on a long trip.

The remote touch controller navigation and infotainment system, as seen in the 2010 HS 250h and new RX model, makes an appearance in the LF-Ch as well. The “mouse” controller allows either driver or passenger to manipulate audio, navigation, and climate features.

We’ll see the LF-Ch in person on September 15, but we’ll also likely see the hatchback stateside come December, when it makes its North American debut at the 2009 Los Angeles auto show.

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