Lexus LF-LC Takes Brand in New Design Direction


  • Lexus LF-LC Concept -- 2012 Detroit Auto Show

    Making its' debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, the LF-LC concept showcased the new design direction embraced by Lexus. Ian Cartbiano from Calty (Toyota's longtime design studio) has the details. | January 10, 2012

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2012 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The Lexus LF-LC Concept, penned by the Toyota brand's California design studio and unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, previews the future design direction of the brand.
  • The LF-LC features lots of glass and architectural surfaces, along with a mesh grille, L-shaped daytime running lights and vertical foglamps.
  • The hybrid 2+2 sport coupe has a front-engine, rear-drive hybrid powertrain.

DETROIT — The Lexus LF-LC Concept, penned by the Toyota brand's California design studio and unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, previews the future design direction of the brand.

"The coupe represents the exciting and emotional styling direction Lexus is taking and gives you a sneak peek into our brand's future," said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager in a statement.

He added: "The concept we're showing here in Detroit continues the Lexus design revolution started with the CT and GS."

The LF-LC features lots of glass and architectural surfaces, along with a mesh grille, L-shaped daytime running lights and vertical foglamps. The concept features liberal use of glass, including a sliding glass roof and what Templin called a "glass-to-glass roof pillar that has never been done before." But the elements destined for production are more likely to be the nose, especially the grille, along with taillamps said to be inspired by jet afterburners.

The hybrid 2+2 sport coupe has a front-engine, rear-drive hybrid powertrain called Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive. No technical details on the concept were made available. But Templin said the concept "has our next-generation hybrid powertrain."

The cabin gets two 12.3-inch LCD screens, one for the meter cluster and the other for the navigation system. Information can stream from one screen to the other. The ultra-light steering wheel has an integrated start button.

Edmunds.com says: Lexus appears ready to take a few more risks with its design, thanks to a push from the company's Calty design studio in Newport Beach, California.

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