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 |  Apr 20 2011, 8:13 AM

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Twenty years ago Lexus unveiled the first GS luxury sedan sending a shot across the bow of the German luxury sports sedans of the time. The Lexus brand was just an upstart at the time and so the Japanese firm made the wise decision to contact an Italian design studio (Giugiaro Design) to sculpt the vehicle’s sheetmetal.

Fast forward two decades and the GS has become a tired shadow of its former greatness, particularly in the face of new powerhouses from BMW and Mercedes. On the eve of the New York Auto Show, Lexus has revealed the LF-Gh concept, a look not only at the future of the GS sedan, but of the Lexus brand in general.

If the oversized grille is any indication, Lexus has no intention of rolling over and playing dead in front of the Germans, but instead seems poised to attack with performance, luxury and (because it’s a hybrid Lexus) fuel economy. In fact, while many of the design cues (like the low rear bumper) are there to give the car a more serious RWD performance look, the clean lines, flush door handles and lack of side mirrors indicate a focus on aerodynamic fuel efficiency.

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GALLERY: Lexus LF-Gh Concept

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 |  Apr 19 2011, 8:49 PM

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Twenty years ago Lexus unveiled the first GS luxury sedan sending a shot across the bow of the German luxury sports sedans of the time. The Lexus brand was just an upstart at the time and so the Japanese firm made the wise decision to contact an Italian design studio (Guigiaro Design) to sculpt the vehicle’s sheetmetal.

Fast forward two decades and the GS has become a tired shadow of its former greatness, particularly in the face of new powerhouses from BMW and Mercedes. Now, on the eve of the New York Auto Show, Lexus has revealed the LF-Gh concept, a look not only at the future of the GS sedan, but of the Lexus brand in general.

If the oversized grille is any indication, Lexus has no intention of rolling over and playing dead in front of the Germans, but instead seems poised to attack with performance, luxury and (because it’s a hybrid Lexus) fuel economy. In fact, while many of the design cues (like the low rear bumper) are there to give the car a more serious RWD performance look, the clean lines, flush door handles and lack of side mirrors indicate a focus on aerodynamic fuel efficiency.

GALLERY: Lexus LF-Gh Concept

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See video of the car from the live reveal after the jump:

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 |  Apr 12 2011, 12:13 PM

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Ahead of its official debut at the New York Auto Show next week, Lexus has unwrapped the LF-Gh concept, which forms the basis of the next-generation GS luxury sedan and explores the brand’s future design direction.

In many ways aping the design of the Audi lineup, this concept car gains plenty of hard angles (a la Mercedes-Benz) to help set it apart. Departing from the first time from the Giugiaro-designed first-gen GS, Lexus says its designers started with a clean slate.

The result is the new LF-Gh concept, dominated by a ‘spindle-shaped grill’ that sets the car apart from a design perspective, while also playing a key role in the car’s aerodynamic shape. In fact, Lexus says the entire design is a merging of form and function.

Other notable design cues that hint at the car’s performance include a raised hood, flared fenders and a short front overhang. And to brand the new design are new L-shaped LED daytime running lights.

“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.”

Powering the car is a yet unspecified hybrid drivetrain. As for its overall size, it gains roughly 2-inches in length, 1.5-inches in width and about a half an inch in height while retaining the previous car’s 112.2 wheelbase.

Set to be unveiled on the eve of the New York Auto Show, look for more info and photos here.

GALLERY: Lexus LF-Gh Concept

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 |  Mar 21 2011, 5:25 PM

With a debut of the next-generation GS rumored for the New York Auto Show, Lexus has now confirmed as much, with the planned debut of the LF-Gh Concept in the Big Apple.

The naming suggests the new luxury sedan will in fact be a hybrid, keeping true to the Lexus philosophy. And while Toyota uses hybrid technology to enhance fuel economy, the Lexus plan ads electrification as a way to deliver serious power with reduced emissions. That being said, expect solid performance from this new luxury machine.

Look for full details and photos April 19th, and keep up to date on all the New York Auto Show reveals here.