This is the face of the Lexus LF-Ch hybrid concept and it will probably come in colors other than baby poop metallic. This premium compact designed to compete with the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series will have its public debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

The concept is a dramatic departure from any current Lexus model, although the hood lines bear some resemblance to the IS. If the new vehicle hits the streets, it will face some speedy and fuel efficient competition.

The aforementioned Audi achieves a combined 25 mpg rating with a 2.0 liter turbocharged "Fuel Stratified Injection" power plant that propels the small wagon to 60 in 6.7 seconds. BMW's equivalent European five-door offerings include four gas engines of varying fuel economy and performance, not to mention four efficient diesel options.

Though we may never see this Lexus concept on the roads in these wagon-loathing United States of ours, we'll be following it in Frankfurt at the very least.

Source: Autoblog