Lexus LF-Ch Concept at Frankfurt Motor Show

  • Looks like: Lexus spent a lot of time to design a Mazda3
  • Defining characteristics: Narrow headlights, taillights, grille
  • Ridiculous features: iPhone docks behind the front headrests
  • Chance of being mass-produced: Unlikely as is, but some elements could be seen in a future small Lexus

The full name of this little Lexus is “Lexus LF-Ch Premium Compact Hybrid Concept” which — while descriptive — is a bit long for a headline. The important thing to realize is that this concept isn’t about the powertrain. (It’s basically the same thing Toyota has powering the Prius and Lexus HS 250h.)

No, the interesting thing about this concept is that it was designed in Lexus’ California studio to test the waters for smaller, luxury vehicles. Lexus calls it a compact car, but it looks sizable compared to something like a Mini.

And while we doubt much of this design can translate to a real production car — are those taillights even legal? — it would not be hard to imagine the front end making its way to the next generation IS sedan.

Inside looks like a wild concept car but the LF-Ch uses the same Remote Touch navigation system that is in the Lexus RX and HS. Obviously, the wildest thing going on inside are the iPod docks in the front seat headrests. Lexus only says they have “docking capability for audio and video entertainment.” We’re not sure why the driver doesn’t get the same treatment. More photos below. 

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