NEW YORK -- Simon Humphries, Toyota's global design chief, acknowledges that his latest creation, the Lexus LF-Gh, has a wild grille.
But styling is sedate in the rest of the car, destined to become the next-generation GS. And Humphries did that on purpose.
"We need to go back to design that is more pure and clean, but still dynamic," Humphries said at the auto show. "Look at the door panel. It is one convex curve. You see the simplicity and its underlying strength."
Humphries says he is opposed to complex scalloping of sheet metal that has found its way onto vehicles from BMW, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz and others.
On the flip side, Humphries wants the face of Lexus to be more expressive. The current front ends are "resolute," and he wants "a more aggressive statement."
Told the concept's face resembles the alien in the movie Predator, Humphries laughs. He says he was seeking "controlled aggression" in the car's persona.
How much of the LF-Gh will appear in the next-generation Lexus GS sedan, which arrives within a year? Said Humphries: "About 95 percent."