Leaked images online have provided an early look at the Lexus concept car that will grace the Detroit auto show. Called the LF-LC, the show car is a sporty coupe with aggressive lines and an abundance of air intakes. As with prior concepts like the LF-Gh, the first two letters stand for Lexus Future.
According to Autocar, the LF-LC is a 2+2 that may be headed for production in the near future. The publication suggests a production LF-LC would be built on a shortened version of the next Lexus LS chassis, and will have a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Autocar reports the name LC600h is likely, as is a 2015 on-sale date.
The new car is supposed to show the next evolution of Lexus’ design language, and many of the cues on this show car have appeared in prior Lexus production and concept vehicles. The mesh spindle-shaped front grille resembles that of the Lexus GS, for instance, while the swept-back headlights and stubby trunk recall the LFA supercar. Other design elements include a panoramic glass roof and deep air intakes ahead of the front wheels.
The Lexus concept had originally been previewed by two small teaser images, and was slated to appear publicly in Detroit next month. The company promised the designed hinted “at the new contemporary, upscale and uniquely Lexus design direction.” It was styled by Toyota’s Calty design studio in California.
Update: Lexus has confirmed the LF-LC coupe will bow at the Detroit auto show. The company says the 2+2 coupe concept “blends both high technology and organic shapes to connect the driver to the machine,” and promises that the “futuristic sport coupe” previews future Lexus design trends.