WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BIGGEST CHANGE IN LEXUS HISTORY - INSPIRED BY A NEW GENERATION OF DISTINCTIVE DESIGN.
Karl Schlicht, General Manager, Lexus Product and Marketing Planning Division, January 2012
The LF-LC Full Hybrid concepts.
Launched at the North American International Motor show in January 2012, our LF-LC concept has turned heads ever since. Agile, sporty and aggressive, it was conceived around the idea of ‘fluid precision’, manifesting itself in what the designers call ‘Avant-garde beauty’. In October 2012, at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney, we revealed a second stunning concept, the LF-LC ‘Blue’. Finished in Opal Blue, the car’s lustrous paintwork was inspired by a pigment that occurs naturally in the Australian Outback.
Its striking looks hint at forthcoming design cues in the new wave of Lexus models. Designed at our Calty studios in California, it’s a vision of what a sports coupe could be with its bold interpretation of our signature spindle grille and stunning daytime running lights.
Central to the LF-LC concept is a suite of advanced materials and technologies, including lightweight carbon fibre and a next-generation Full Hybrid powertrain. Named ‘Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive’, the system features a powerful and efficient Atkinson cycle combustion engine, which is mated to an advanced high-energy battery pack. Combined, the LF-LC concept’s petrol/electric hybrid powertrain develops 372kW (500hp) – the most of any Lexus hybrid.
The car’s glass roof features a lightweight, cantilevered pillar and inside, the driver is enveloped by deeply scooped side panels and a high, curved console. A remote touch screen device ensures the LF-LC’s operations are easy to use and twin 12.3-inch LCD screens provide information and navigation display. Inputs come from a touchscreen control board piercing the centre console. Used to control the audio system, climate controls and navigation, the interface features a pop-up touch-screen keyboard for more complex entries. Similar touch-screen surfaces on each door operate the windows, mirrors, seat adjustments and personal entertainment settings.
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