Mike Stevens | Aug 17, 2009

LEXUS HAS RELEASED the first official illustration of its hotly anticipated hatch concept that has for months been the centre of speculation and rumours.

Offering the first official indication of how the new BMW 1 Series hatch and Audi A3 fighter will look (if it makes it to market), the Lexus Premium Compact Concept will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.

Drawing clear front-end inspiration from the upcoming Lexus LF-A supercar, the Premium Compact Concept illustration is set off by a high belt-line and low-slung roof.

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While much about the concept illustration is exaggerated, the styling theme of the Premium Compact Concept is sharp and aggressive.

Little has been revealed, but Lexus says the hatch concept will demonstrate a mix of technical innovation and "ground-breaking design that promises to raise the bar in the premium compact segment".

Lexus recently registered the name 'CT 200h', suggesting that this new concept might feature a hybrid powertrain, inspired by the Lexus HS 250h launched this year in some international markets.

The highly streamlined styling and minimal air-access in the front bumper of the illustration lends some credence to the hybrid theory.

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