Futuristic concept cars rarely spawn direct production counterparts, but a new quote from a Lexus executive hints that the Lexus LF-LC concept could be one exception.
“[The LF-LC] was [intended as] a concept car, and I think it surprised everybody, including us, when Japan said due to overwhelming response they decided to do it,” Lexus vice president of marketing Brian Smith told WardsAuto. “It’s a huge win.”
It’s unknown if the production version will utilize a hybrid powertrain like the concept, or when it will start production. Designed by Toyota’s Calty studio in California, the sexy coupe has a good chance of retaining certain styling cues such as the LED lights that are separately located underneath the headlights, similar to the 2014 IS. We may also see LFA influences such as its swept-back headlights and rear end. Futuristic details featured in the concept such as the camera-lens technology in the headlights, the spiraling center console shape, and the glass-to-glass roof pillar are not likely to make it on the production car.
Wards also reports Lexus is also looking into switching one of its two large body-on-frame SUVs, the GX and LX, to a unibody structure. This appears to be the trend among automakers as of late, since the market for truck-based SUVs has declined.
Officially, Lexus won’t confirm that the LF-LC will make it to production. We reached out to a Lexus spokeswoman, who told us, "The LF-LC is being studied, but there are no official announcements to make."
If Smith’s comments are any indication, however, those in the market for a large, sporty luxury coupe can likely add the Lexus LF-LC production model to their lists.