Lexus LF-CC concept could showcase design direction for next generation of IS sedans
The mid-size Lexus LF-CC hybrid coupe concept will make its world premiere at the Paris auto show later this month and reports say the concept could determine the design of the next generation of IS sedans.
The LF-CC takes design cues from the concept Lexus LF-LC, which has now been seen at several auto shows.
The hybrid LF-CC will be powered by a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine connected to a high-output, water-cooled permanent-magnet electric motor. The LF-CC uses a generator, battery and a "power-split device" to control the multiple outputs and direct them to the rear wheels. The gasoline engine also uses direct injection to save more fuel. Emissions are claimed to be less than 100 grams per kilometer. Lexus says it will introduce this hybrid unit to its model range in the near future.
The exterior shows many cues from the LF-LC with what Lexus calls its "L-finesse design language." The spindle grille is framed by the hood, chin spoiler and front fender tips, mesh stretching out over the bumper. LEDs and daytime running lights are integrated into the front clip. Lower fender scoops direct air to the engine and brakes, and molded side skirts force air over the driven wheels. Lexus says those side skirts match up with the rear-bumper character line to give the vehicle its coupe proportions. L-shaped Lexus taillights sit at the corners under an integrated spoiler.
Inside, the dashboard is divided into two distinct zones. The upper display zone features a multidisplay screen, and the lower "operation" zone holds the shifter and other controls.
Elsewhere in the interior, the seats, door panels and instrument panel are trimmed in amber. Lexus says it used plenty of metallic finishes and soft-touch materials to reinforce a feeling of quality.