After seeing tons of teaser images in the past few weeks, we are finally able to get a good look at the new Lexus LF-LC concept during its world debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The concept was designed by Lexus Calty design studio in Newport Beach, California and previews the future design language of Toyota’s luxury arm, bringing in elements from the LF-A supercar and the recently launched GS 350.
The concept features a bold interpretation of the signature Lexus spindle grille and rear architecture and is defined by a long engine hood, daytime running lights shaped like an "L", a 3D spindle grille, and functional air intakes in the bottom corners of the grille.
"Crafted from a clean sheet of paper at the request of Lexus headquarters in Japan, the LF-LC blends both high technology and organic shapes to connect the driver to the machine," said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "The clean lines of the vehicle emphasize motion, creating a distinctive look for this futuristic sport coupe."
UPDATE 01/09/12: This review has been updated with the official images and specs for the Lexus LF-Lc.
The new Lexus LF-LC concept is undoubtedly a work of art and since Lexus has been rumored to offer a second version of their LF-A supercar, we think there’s reason to believe that we will see elements of the LF-Lc Concept in that second version.
At the front of the concept, there’s a 3D sculpture form spindle grille with functional air intakes in the bottom corners of the grille, daytime running lights shaped like an "L", and vertical fog lamps that utilize a fading dot matrix pattern to suggest a sense of movement. The concept’s side is defined by lines that emphasize direction and motion while the glass roof features a lightweight, cantilevered pillar with a glass-to-glass juncture inspired by modern architecture. At the rear, the LF-Lc gets tail lamps inspired by the look of a jet, fog lamps repeating the fading dot matrix pattern of the front fog lamps, and integrated tail and fog lamps that repeat the "L" shape and lead the viewer’s eye down to the powerful Lexus quad exhaust.
The interior of the Lexus LF-Lc Concept combines the latest advanced technology with soft textures and organic shapes to create a driver-focused synergy of form and function. Lexus is offering a remote touch-screen device that allows the driver to comfortably operate controls without shifting position or altering line-of-sight.
The cockpit features twin 12.3-inch LCD screens that provide information and a navigation display. Inputs come from a touch-screen control board piercing the swept center console. The driver can control the audio system, climate controls, and navigation. Each door gets similar touch-screen surfaces that allow both driver and passenger to operate the windows, mirrors, seat adjustments, and personal entertainment settings.
Both the driver and passenger will enjoy lightweight, race-inspired front seats formed of multiple layers and repeat the interlacing curves that define the cabin interior. The rest of the interior combine smooth leather and suede, with brushed metal trim and wood accents.
The Lexus LF-Lc is powered by the latest Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive that delivers both driving performance and fuel efficiency. Lexus hasn’t offered any details of the concept’s specifications, but they did confirm that the LF-Lc is a rear-wheel-drive model.
When will the concept be put into production?
It isn’t very likely that the Lexus LF-Lc will ever be put into production, at least not as a whole, but its design elements will be seen in future production models, like the successor for the SC430 and, if we are correct, the next LF-A.