• Sep 29, 2009
Lexus LF-Ch Concept - click above image for hi-res gallery

Earlier this month at the Frankfurt Motor Show, we got our first glimpse at Lexus' LF-Ch, a five-door hatchback concept. The car is said to presage a premium hatchback model for Toyota's upscale line – but that model isn't likely to come to the U.S. – word is that the production model is being crafted with Europeans in mind. That's something of a pity considering how visually dynamic the LF-Ch is, but not unexpected considering the chilly sales reception premium hatchbacks have received in the States – Mini excepted.

In any case, if you're interested in seeing something like the LF-Ch in American Lexus showrooms, while we would normally suggest that your best course of action would be to inundate Lexus with pleading love letters, syrupy poetry, and, well, whatever else you care to cram into an email or phone call, this time, Lexus has set up a feedback channel of sorts for the LF-Ch on its website. It's actually a survey that asks rather generic questions like "Which angle of the car do you like best?" and "Do you like the exterior color?" Yet it also asks meatier questions, like whether the showcar's five-door bodystyle is an attribute or a demerit, or whether hybrid technology for a car like the LF-Ch would be a deal-maker or a deal-breaker.

Us? We're in favor of anything that might invigorate Lexus' traditionally safe-as-houses lineup. You refresh your memory by checking out our high-res below before clicking on the link below to tell Lexus how you feel.




[Source: Lexus]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Fugly?? Most Americans have no taste in beauty. Look at the walls of 90% of homes and apartments in the US. A poster or some tacky picture hung about a foot too high. This car is gorgeous.. Bring it on.. I am looking for this car exactly. Right car for the times. Hatchbacks rock!!!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would like it with non crap color options, non chrome wheels, and an AWD setup. Besides the color and the wheels I find it hard to knock this car on the design itself which I find more visually appealing than any other hatchback I can think of right now except for maybe the 2010 Golf R set to come out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My last car was a Lexus IS300.

      They grew IS350 in every dimension.

      My new car is a BMW 135i.

      Hell, yes, I think they should bring LF-Ch to the US.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car looks pretty ugly to me. What I'd like to see, however, is a VW R20 equivalent (AWD, DSG, ~300hp) come from honda or toyota/lexus. That's a hot hatch I'd buy so quick...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just purchased a 2010 Mazda3 GT 5 door with a leather interior, moon roof, Bose stereo, power everything, blue tooth integration, and a six speed manual. Oh, and I paid less than $24K for it. Why would anyone want to spend more for a Lexus that looks similar and offers the same basic features? Hatchbacks have always been sold in the US as economy level cars for those who appreciate their practicality. Luxury branded hatch backs do not sell here. Remember the BMW 318ti (son/daughter car) and Lexus is300 Sportcross? Neither does anyone else. Lexus understands this and will not offer it here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Premium hatchbacks? Yes.
      This premium hatchback? No.

      Clean up the lines, tone down the uber-future-mobile styling, and maybe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sure, Lexus, you can bring it over, just as soon as you figure out what the hell happened in SolidWorks to make the front and rear bumper covers look like bad rendering errors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear Lexus,

      Unless you are planning to promote it with a December to Remember promotion and a price of $199/month with no down payment and $0 start so that our geriatric car-buying public can buy it (more for the free coffee and plush sofas in the service department) please do not take the time to ship it across the Pacific to our shores.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      No! Go away!!!!

      I like hatchbacks and all but this one just rubs me the wrong way.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Me too. It's just trying too hard. It's very clear Lexus is desperate to attract younger crowd since this has a Scion level of over-styling. (I'm not putting down Scion, it kinda works for that brand)

        But while the Scion buyer likes the way it looks they probably won't be able to afford it if it carry's a Lexus luxury price tag.

        Learn from the design, class it up, and apply cleaner versions to your other models. This is a decent CONCEPT, but it should stay that way.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        If by rubs you mean heinously chafes, I agree completely.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like to see how it does in a IIHS crash test first. What? That's the only one? Perfect!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stick a Toyota badge on it perhaps.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Audi,

      Fair enough. However, it doesn't seem wrong to want another option. I'm also tempted to make the crack that you're right only as long as those cars are within the warranty period. I have too many friends who have paid the German reliability tax to want to jump in right now, even if they are supposedly getting better.

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