Lexus LF-CC Concept: First Look
- Looks like: A luxurious version of the Scion FR-S/Toyota GT-86
- Defining characteristics: Rear-wheel drive, full-hybrid, midsize coupe
- Ridiculous features: The gaping spindle grille; whatever happened to front bumpers?
- Chances of being mass-produced: 100%, Lexus is working on a midsize sports coupe
In a bid to bring a bit more fun to the Lexus lineup, Toyota's luxury brand will debut a new entry-level luxury coupe in the coming years. Today, we get a first glimpse of what that midsize coupe and other future Lexus models will look like via the Lexus LF-CC. Details about the brand's all-new hybrid powertrain also were released.
The LF-CC is essentially a more practical version of the LF-LC concept. The LF-CC is smaller than the last concept and designed around an actual future Lexus platform that'll be used on midsize entry-level models. In addition, the concept is theoretically powered by a real hybrid powertrain.
Right below the headlights are daytime running lights that seamlessly integrate into the top of the front fenders. Speaking of the spindle grille — a design first worn by the 2013 Lexus GS and then the refreshed 2013 Lexus RX — this one is the most ambitious application yet. As far as we can tell, the front bumper lacks a center reinforcement. Even with lax front bumper regulations, this bumper is probably unacceptable for a production model. Expect it to be tamed down a bit.
The rear taillamp housings resemble webbing and a shark antenna that also doubles as a center rear stop lamp. It's very gnarly. While the front and rear of the LF-CC are unique, the side profile and upper rear-deck smack of Scion FR-S/Toyota GT-86. If Lexus didn't explicitly state that this model was much larger than the Scion, we'd think it was a heavily reworked variant. The derivative side profile is probably just a case of aerodynamics trumping design or maybe Toyota's designers got lazy.
Lexus says the interior features a new aesthetic that will slowly make its way to future models. It'll feature a cacophony of displays, multimedia controls and a driver-oriented cockpit area. No interior photos were provided, however.
The LF-CC features an all-new hybrid powertrain, according to the carmaker. It's a 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder with direct injection that was built specifically for hybrid use. The engine is mated to a high-output, water-cooled electric motor.
We'll have more photos and information about the Lexus LF-CC concept once the 2012 Paris Motor Show gets underway later in September.
Lexus LF-LC Concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show
Lexus LF-Gh Hybrid Concept at the 2011 New York Auto Show
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