Toyota has been a bit secretive about the new Lexus LF-LC concept that's coming to the Detroit Auto Show, but we finally learned that this car will indeed pack a hybrid powertrain under its sexy sheetmetal.

The car was designed at Lexus' Calty design studio in Newport Beach, CA under orders a challenge from the Lexus Center in Japan "to design a future hybrid sport-coupe concept" that "advance[s] the redefinition of Lexus with emotive, avant-garde beauty and unequalled technology." Given those requirements, the Calty crew came up with the car you see above. We'll show you more from Cobo Hall, including as much information as we can about the Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive hiding under the hood. Until then, we've got teaser shots available in the galleries and a short press release after the jump.
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Lexus to Unveil Hybrid Sport Coupe Concept at Detroit Auto Show

Toyota City, Japan, December 22, 2011-Lexus announces that it will unveil the "LF-LC" 2+2 sport coupe-a concept vehicle taking the new Lexus design direction one step further-at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 9, 2012 (U.S. Eastern time).

Challenged by the Lexus Center in Japan to design a future hybrid sport-coupe concept, the company's Calty design studio in Newport Beach, California, United States sought to advance the redefinition of Lexus with emotive, avant-garde beauty and unequalled technology.

The LF-LC features Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, delivering both driving performance and fuel efficiency.


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      EVnerdGene
      • 3 Years Ago
      doesn't really say if it's a hybrid or plug-in hybrid. Looks blow the Frisker away. Why the DOE felt we needed to invest in a Frisker, I will never understand.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        @EvnerdGene Well, the Fiskers got 4 doors......I like the Fisker-Karma and wish Fisker well,..but I have to admit it's difficult to see how Fisker can compete with Lexus, if the two were similar. My heart would say Fisker, but my CFO would say Lexus, and I would agree!
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @LTW Oh yeah, I've seen the convertible Karma. A very desirable car ! In fact if one was available in a showroom near me it may prove irresistible! At $400k Lexus will find few buyers outside of Asia. The problem is that the brand just doesn't have the cache for the hard-line Porsche, Aston, Lambo, Ferrari etc owner, since in that market's rarefied stratosphere, it seems heritage and image are more important than Lexus build quality. I am no longer an ardent buyer of such vehicles. But I have friends who are, and the Lexus product arouses little interest in the super expensive sports car market. But the Sunset, like the Fisker-Karma is a 'must have' vehicle among younger buyers of luxury vehicles.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          Marco, have you seen pics of the Karma Sunset? http://www.larevueautomobile.com/images/Fisker/Karma-Sunset-2009/Exterieur/Fisker_Karma_Sunset_2009_005.jpg As for buying the Sunset or the LF-LC based on looks - that's entirely subjective and I think they're both very attractive. Being concepts, it's difficult to compare them on price; but it is worth noting that the Lexus LF-A is priced around $400,000.
          EVnerdGene
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Marco Polo
          4 doors. Yeah one of the things I don't like about the Frisker. Sports coupe with 4 doors? Like Maserati, Aston Martin, and Jaguar sporty models. Don't understand why the new Yaris-sized Prius needs 4 doors either. Might fill it in Japan, but in the US, 1.2 people per vehicle. Really needs 4 doors ? Maybe in the US, we're too fat to bend into the back seat. Just adds weight and cost.
      Nick From Montreal
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't see anything that may suggest this thing has a plug. No plug, no sale. The era of mild hybrids is ending soon. Make it a full EV and we'll talk. I don't dig that "LFA Junior" look.
      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      @ Nick from Montreal I am an unashamed Lexus fan! I have owned 3 GS models, and they have all proved to be simply the best cars I've ever owned! Not the most exciting, or glamorous, but easily the best quality and value. The Prius and Lexus created public awareness and acceptance for EV's. The Lexus range of Hybrids, made EV technology a desirable feature of a luxury car. If this car enters production, it will be an instant sales success. The buyers of cars like these are not seeking reduced fuel consumption, or economy, but a sports car (tourer/boulevarder) with a greener image and appealing technology. (It's worth buying, just to annoy the DF's of this world! )
        Nick From Montreal
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        @Marco Polo Sure, if it has a plug, it's all good ;). It's just frustrating to see Toyota stall so much on EVs when we all know they could do it if they wanted. The 12 miles EV mode on the new plug-in Prius Prius is a joke. I would probably do the same thing if I had so many hybrid-related patents -- I would milk that baby until it made no sense anymore.
      Cheerio Hua
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the same studio that made the, back then was also stunning, Lexus SC300/400. I like the design, but this may look too outdated in 10 years just like the SC's. Japanese have some catch up to do in auto design. Euro guys still have locks on that.
      Actionable Mango
      • 3 Years Ago
      The more desirable the concept car, the less likely it will be made.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      lame hybrid no doubt. a label they attach to it so they can keep making the same old primitive vehicle. that long nose is a clear sign of a long piston block, same as always.
        uncle_sam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Lexus is a carmaker not a charity organisation. This is what the buyer desires. A piston engine with a great range and decent performance. an hybrid powertrain offers additionally a increased milage and more power. You may call it lame but this is not true. I took the RX450h for a spin. with hypermiling it gets an awesome milage for such a luxurious and big car. there will be an hybrid mercedes e class (yes only 30hp electric...) and other models on the market. suddenly the hybrid badge will be a seller on those cars. it takes some time.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @uncle_sam
          if this is good why is the world talking about electric cars. it can be faster, cheaper, better as an electric car.
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