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Tokyo concept previews next Lexus 4x4 hybrid

Date: 29 October 2007   |   Author: Guy Bird

A strong hint at the look of the next-generation large Lexus 4x4 was unveiled at the Tokyo motor show last week in the shape of the LF-Xh.

The concept featured an advanced hybrid system with a V6 petrol engine, an electric motor and all-wheel drive, just like the RX400h's, but now it's wrapped up in a more purposeful exterior skin.

In terms of proportion, the concept's exterior dimensions are similar to the RX400h but massaged in all the right areas to rectify the current model's slightly ungainly body-disconnected-from-its-wheels stance. The LF-Xh is longer and wider (by 50mm), lower (by 70mm) and with a wheelbase stretched by 130mm. The result is a 4x4 that looks altogether more planted to the road and agile in a sporty coupe-like manner. The slatted razorblade-style front grille adds to the slick effect.

Lexus insiders said the exterior is pretty much what you can expect from the RX400h's replacement (although the roof might end up a bit higher). The elegant and simple interior is less finalised though, featuring a dramatic aluminium feature detail that swoops down from the centre dashboard top before twisting into the centre console area. 'Anticipation' is apparently a keyword for the inside so expect features similar to the light that illuminates the ground by the door when you unlock the production GS model before getting inside.