• Jan 19th 2010 at 9:55AM
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Possible Lexus LF-Ch production model – Click above for high-res image gallery

The first images of what may be the production version of the new Lexus LF-Ch turned up in the Autoblog inbox this morning from an anonymous tipster. The car in the photos is still mostly veiled by a tarp and wrapped in semi-opaque plastic, but a Lexus badge is clearly visible on the tailgate. Even more visible is the shape of the rear glass and the overall proportions of the car, which perfectly match the compact hybrid concept that Lexus debuted last fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The wraparound backlight is directly lifted from the concept, although the taillight clusters are larger and more conservative, with a shape more in keeping with other contemporary Lexus models. The hybrid C-segment hatch will likely share most of its underpinnings with the HS 250h and Euro-market Toyota Auris on which the Lexus is based. We don't know for sure if Lexus plans to offer the LF-Ch in North America, although the concept was shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show last month and Americans seem to be increasingly favoring hatchbacks, so the odds would appear to be good. We're expecting this car to appear on stage at the Geneva Motor Show in early March, so stay tuned.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      You can see it better w/ a levels adjustment...

      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOVE IT !

      Love the stance and wide look. Loving those Lexus rims also. What I really wanna see is the interoir which Lexus really shines at also.

      IMO this looks MUCH better then the A3 already. The A3 looks like every other audi -__-
      • 5 Years Ago
      lexus' A3 fighter!
        • 5 Years Ago
        sounds good, so long as it looks about 100x as cohesive as the LF-Ch (which I'm sure it will).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Much better than the HS250h - and here's hoping the name has one less character.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And the front end looks a lot less pug nosed :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd consider it, if it wasn't a hybrid and it was RWD or AWD. Lexus is driving away once rabid fans like me by not offering inline six sports cars like they used to. They've replaced all the good inline 6 sports cars with stupid V6's and keep making silly hybrids that weigh 500lbs too much.

      With the LFA's technology trickle down, they really ought to bring back the Supra, the SC as a grand tourer and not that stupid hard top convertible, the GS, IS and LFC should have inline 6's as well. Make the hood longer if you want, and take the room out of the back seat and the trunk for all I care.

      I love the way the LFC looks, because it's like a modern version of the IS300 Sportcross, but I'd never drive a hybrid version of my beloved red car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think LF-C look more like ISX50 or IS-F coupe, which is better than LF-Ch for 6 years design, but LF-Ch is another story.
        I agree with you about the LFA technology pass down to the lineup, but I think it should only pass down to the sport car in the lineup, or F.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll consider it as long as it's not a hybrid. FWD is fine for a small hatchback (GTI, Mazdaspeed3, Civic Si, etc), and AWD often adds weight and complexity. Not saying that it's bad, just not necessarily a requirement in my case.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good. Hope it eventually makes it to the U.S. market. We need more premium small car choices.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The LF-Ch was shown last year also, September 2009. Both vehicle have compact platform, but it doesn't prove anything that Lexus copy from Lincoln. Both have different unique styles, and design language.
        BTW LF-Ch looks some where between great styling and over done to me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Lexus is a "copy" of the Lincoln Concept-C shown last year at the NAIAS and expect Lincon to produce something like it within the next 18-months on the Global Focus C-platform... EcoBoost I4 equiped with a 6-speed dual-dry clutch automatic good for over 40mpg... with MyLincoln Touch interior experience... this is gonna be good!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another copy of a european car ! Alfa Romeo Giulietta .
        • 5 Years Ago
        omg , can't believe it . Are you saying that Toyota makes nice cars ? Well when somebody says that here in europe they all begin to laugh . Toyota makes good cars but also the most ugly ones of all brands .
        • 5 Years Ago
        So what are you complaining about? There are worse things to copy from and besides, that car doesn't even come here to the US.

        It's about time a nice looking hybrid car came to the US.

        Toyota already had a nice hatch they could have hybridized and brought here but people here are so freaking anal and unnecessarily whiny that the Auris probably would not have made it here...because it doesn't carry 15 people once a year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks pretty cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please make it to the states!
      For a second it looked like a L-badged Matrix from the back. Till you see see there's only one door.
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