The Lexus lineup has been missing some excitement lately since the departure of the Lexus LFA supercar, but that won’t be the case for too much longer, as the company has reportedly green-lighted the rumored flagship coupe project previewed by the dramatic LF-LC concept (pictured). According to a report from AutoCar, this large two-door could arrive as soon as 2016 carrying the Lexus LC nameplate.
We previously reported on a possible Lexus sports car successor to the LFA, but now this report suggests that the Lexus LC will be a more luxury-oriented flagship coupe—think Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe instead of Porsche 911. This range-topping coupe will reportedly ride on a shortened version of the Lexus LS sedan’s platform. In terms of looks, vice president of Lexus Europe Alain Uyttenhoven told Autocar that it would look almost exactly like the Lexus LF-LC concept that first bowed at the 2012 Detroit auto show. Apparently Toyota boss Akio Toyoda wants the production car to look exactly like the concept, and Uyttenhoven confirmed that the production Lexus LC coupe, which has reportedly been approved, hews closely to the dramatic looks of the LF-LC.
“The production LF-LC will not be a huge volume [car] for Lexus, but it will bring huge emotion,” Uyttenhoven told Autocar. He also reiterated the company’s plans to introduce one new model a year up to 2020, with some of these new models being mainstream volume cars like the new NX crossover, and others being more exciting, low-volume cars like the upcoming RC F and this LC, which aim to boost the brand’s image.
In terms of performance, we would expect the Lexus LC coupe to feature a hybrid system, perhaps similar to the one in the Lexus LS600hL long-wheelbase sedan. That powertrain uses a 5.0-liter V-8 engine in combination with two electric motors for a total system power of 438 hp that’s routed through all four wheels. Given the Lexus LC coupe’s exciting styling, this system could be tuned to produce more power in order to give the car performance to match its looks.
In other Lexus news, this report confirms earlier reports that the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that just made its debut in the 2015 Lexus NX 200t will go into other Lexus models within the next year, including the Lexus RC coupe, the Lexus IS sedan, and the Lexus GS sedan.
Stay tuned for more information about these upcoming turbocharged models, and look for the flagship Lexus LC coupe to make its debut sometime in 2015 before going on sale in 2016.