Lexus unveils LF-LC Concept at Detroit Auto Show

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Jan 10, 2012
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After continuously teasing us with photos of its hybrid 2+2 sports coupe, Lexus has finally revealed the the LF-LC Concept--the car that showcases the Japanese carmaker's future design direction "with an emphasis on a driver-focused vehicle."

"The concept we're showing here in Detroit continues the Lexus design revolution started with the CT and GS," said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "The concept hybrid 2+2 liberates the idea of a sport coupe and pushes the boundaries of performance, style and technology."

The LF-LC Concept was conceived from a challenge given by the Lexus Center in Japan to the carmaker's Calty design studio in Newport Beach, California, to come up with a design for a future hybrid sport coupe concept.

"Our entire studio worked to develop this beautiful interpretation of Lexus originality," said Kevin Hunter, president of Calty. "The LF-LC concept embodies our vision of what a premium sport coupe could be."

The profile of the LF-LC creates a powerful, dynamic silhouette that is unmistakably that of a serious driver's car as the car's lines emphasize direction and motion.

Framed by a deep aluminum surround, the mesh pattern of the now-familiar spindle grille takes 3D sculpture form while the functional air intakes in the bottom corners of the grille show the fusion of distinctive style and engineering functionality. Giving the LF-LC a sense of movement even at a standstill are its vertical fog lamps which utilize a fading dot matrix pattern and L-shaped daytime running lights.

The LF-LC's rear fog lamps also get the same fading dot matrix pattern of the front fog lamps and, with the quad exhaust and jet afterburner-inspired tail lamps, give the car's rear a sense of depth and motion.

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For its interior, the LF-LC Concept contrasts the cool ambience of advanced technology with soft textures and organic shapes to create a driver-focused synergy of form and function. The driver, for instance, is enveloped by deeply scooped side panels and a high, curved console which focuses the driver zone on the controls and on the road. Based on Lexus' commitment to creating an intuitive driving experience, the LF-LC incorporates a remote touch-screen device that allows the driver to comfortably operate its controls without shifting position or altering his line-of-sight.

Twin 12.3-inch LCD screens provide information and navigation display. Inputs come from a touch-screen control board piercing the swept center console. Used to control the audio system, climate controls and navigation, the interface features a pop-up touch-screen keyboard for more complex entries. Instead of buttons or knobs, similar touch-screen surfaces on each door operate the windows, mirrors, seat adjustments and personal entertainment settings.

The front-engine, rear-wheel drive LF-LC Concept is powered by the Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive which delivers both driving performance and fuel efficiency.

"This thought-provoking design exercise is a stunning expression of creativity," said Templin. "Combined with a next-generation hybrid powertrain, this concept promises a rewarding driving experience that is also kinder to the environment."

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