Lexus LF-CC

2012 Paris Auto Show

  • Lexus LF-CC Concept - 2012 Paris Auto Show

    This LF-CC concept is a midsize coupe that previews the next generation IS200 sedan. The big noise is the extravagant ‘spindle’ grille, which will be used to identify future Lexus models. Whether these LED headlights make it through to the showroom, though, remains to be seen. | September 28, 2012

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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.


  • upshift11 upshift11 Posts:

    This is a very handsome car! I could easily see this as a competitor to the BMW 3-series which is looking a little dull despite the recent re-design. If it handles well, gets good gas mileage, and has ~300 horsepower in top trim, I would definitely consider this over the Bimmer; at least its reliability would likely be better. Good job Lexus! Please bring it to market soon.

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