Lexus LF-CC
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Lexus LF-CC

2012 Paris Auto Show


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2012 Paris Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The LF-CC previews the next-generation Lexus IS.
  • A new inline four-cylinder is matched to a hybrid powertrain.
  • Lexus will build a production rear-drive coupe based on this concept.

PARIS — After teasing it earlier this month, Lexus officially took the wraps off of the LF-CC concept today at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

With an exaggerated spindle grille, complex bumper, exposed triple-LED headlights and highly stylized accent lines, the Lexus LF-CC is very much in the concept stage, with major refinements necessary for it to become a production model. And no doubt this is the basis for the next-generation IS. Previously we've caught this new IS testing with a GS-derived rear suspension.

The Lexus LF-CC concept is powered by a new Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder with D-4S direct injection hooked to a water-cooled high-output permanent magnet electric motor. This new hybrid powertrain is slated to find its way into a production car very soon. Toyota did not mention efficiency or power, but is projecting fewer than 100g of C02 per 100 km and a power rating of 2 horsepower per gram of CO2. Let's just call that 198 hp then.

Lexus didn't give specifics, but said that this rear-drive coupe concept would make its way to production "in the near future" as part of "Lexus' commitment to create more engaging, inspirational vehicles through attractive design, a superior driving experience and advanced technologies."

Edmunds says: It looks busy in photos, but in the metal the design works.

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