2018 Lexus LC 500h Revealed Ahead of 2016 Geneva Auto Show | Edmunds

2018 Lexus LC 500h Revealed Ahead of 2016 Geneva Auto Show

GENEVA — The 2018 Lexus LC 500h, the hybrid version of the all-new Lexus LC luxury coupe, was unveiled ahead of a formal debut in March at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show.

The LC 500h showcases Lexus' next-generation hybrid powertrain, dubbed the Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System.

It delivers "enhanced driving pleasure, more performance and greater efficiency," Toyota said in a statement on Monday.

Key details, including launch timing, pricing, fuel economy numbers and official model-year designation, were not released.

Like its LC coupe sibling, the LC 500h is a new flagship model for the Japanese upscale brand. The two are built on an all-new front-engine/rear-wheel-drive platform that will be shared with future Lexus products.

The Lexus LC was previewed by the LF-LC Concept car and will go into production in the spring of 2017. The LC is expected to cost around $100,000. The hybrid version likely will carry a more expensive sticker price and debut sometime after that.

The LC lineup "marks the beginning of a new phase for the Lexus brand," the company said, as it enters premium territory occupied by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and other luxury automakers.

Car shoppers are likely to pit the LC and LC 500h against other high-end offerings, including the Acura NSX, Cadillac ELR, Jaguar F-Type, Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe, Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid and Tesla Model S.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that gasoline will average $2.21 a gallon in 2017, compared to $2.43 a gallon in 2015, a forecast that hybrid shoppers should keep in mind.

Edmunds says: The Lexus LC 500h will give luxury hybrid shoppers a major dose of glamour when it debuts.

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