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  • Sep 27th 2012 at 10:00AM
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Wider and lower than it appears in the press photos, the Lexus LF-CC concept is an exceptionally crisp evolution of Lexus' L-Finesse design language – in fact, once away from the oversized spindle grille, just following the lines of the coupe leads one to think of origami. The coupe takes pointers from the LF-LC concept shown earlier this way and is said to show the way to the aesthetics we'll see on the next-generation IS. Details like the front end that appears to be mostly intake, those uncovered LED headlights, Baroque mirrors and taillights will almost certainly disappear into the good night, but the overall body shape coated in Fluid Titanium hue is sleek, well defined and ready for the road.

Inside is Lexus' next stage in touchscreen interiors, the Human Machine Interface this time broken into an upper "Display Zone" and a lower "Operation Zone." That latter area contains a "touch tracer display" behind the shift lever where the driver can alter his environment with a fingertip.

Underhood is a 2.5-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor, further assisted by a generator, the whole system tied to a brain that optimizes where power comes from and where it goes. We don't know how much of the rest of the car we'll see, but Lexus says this hybrid powertrain will come to a production vehicle. Scroll below to watch a pair of videos and see the press release for more information.

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- LF-CC displays the latest evolution of the L-finesse design language and signature spindle grille, to be reflected in future Lexus D-Segment vehicles
- Announces the market launch of a mid-size coupe in the near future
- Features a new 2.5 litre full hybrid powertrain with class-leading CO2 emissions, which will be introduced soon in the Lexus model range

Brussels, Belgium - Following the unveiling of Lexus' award-winning hybrid 2+2 sports coupe concept, the LF-LC at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show and its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show, a new, mid-sized coupe concept, the LF-CC makes its World Premiere at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

The more compact, rear-wheel drive, full hybrid LF-CC already integrates various design cues from the LF-LC; a first illustration of how concept cars are truly influencing future Lexus models and, in this instance, future D-Segment derivatives.

Announcing the launch of a premium mid-sized coupe in the more accessible D-segment in the near future, the LF-CC reinforces Lexus' commitment to create more engaging, inspirational vehicles through attractive design, a superior driving experience and advanced technologies.

The LF-CC showcases the latest evolution of the company's unique L-finesse design language, with the boldest yet interpretation of the signature Lexus 'spindle' grille. Framed by the bonnet lip, deep lower spoiler and powerfully projecting front fender tips, the grille mesh is encased in a deep, metal-finish surround and takes on a pronounced, 3D form.

A unique, 3 LED-projector headlamp design is housed in the narrow gap between the lower and upper fender surfaces, without a conventional, one-piece cover. Independent Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) are fully integrated into the upper bumper surface to complete this unique new design.
The broad lower fenders are aerodynamically sculpted to manage the flow of air to the engine bay and front brakes, whilst reinforcing the powerful, dynamic road presence of the new Lexus signature frontal design.

In profile, the powerful convex curve of the bonnet flows seamlessly through a steeply raked windscreen into a roofline which deliberately peaks towards the rear of the cabin to emphasise the traction available from the vehicle's rear-wheel drive powertrain.

The bodywork is stretched tight between the front and rear fenders, and the rear fender is less pronounced than that of the front, reinforcing the concentration of vehicle weight over the driven wheels for maximum traction.

Further developing a design form initiated on the LF-LC concept and the high-performance LFA, the sharply sculpted form of an airflow regulating fin flows from underneath the side of the car and upwards through the rear wheel arch. This aerodynamic detail is designed to increase downforce over the driven wheels, further improving traction.

The airflow regulating fin merges with the falling roofline in a pronounced rear spoiler integrated within the boot lid, seamlessly fusing design and aerodynamic elements to give the vehicle its distinctive, coupe proportions.

To the rear, the full width bumper flows into the rear wheel arches to emphasise the LF-CC's broad, powerful stance. Lexus-characteristic L-shaped combination lamps feature a layered, strongly three-dimensional design, and the lower, concave bumper section incorporates a full width spoiler to further enhance rear-wheel drive traction. The rear stop lamp is nicely integrated into the shark antenna.

The LF-CC is finished in a new, 'Fluid Titanium' exterior colour, a metallic finish with exceptionally high brilliance which combines sharp, bright highlighting with dark shaded surfaces to reinforce the powerful forms of the bodywork's sculpted surfaces.

The LF-CC's interior hints at the progressive luxury of a future Lexus model cabin layout, and represents a further development of the company's HMI (Human Machine Interface) design philosophy.

The dashboard is divided into two distinct zones: an upper, Display Zone, with a multi-display screen located at an ideal distance for at-a-glance viewing, and a lower, Operation Zone, which allows access to the uniquely designed shift lever and an innovative touch tracer display for remote system control.
This clear division of zones creates a unique fusion of an airy, spacious cabin and a sporting cockpit which places the emphasis on a snug, highly focused driving environment. All functional driving components are consolidated in the driver's seat surroundings, combining outstanding ergonomics with advanced HMI technologies.

The driver benefits from a low, highly focused driving position with a sporting, wide grip steering wheel, optimum pedal placement and high-visibility instrument dials. The touch tracer display for remote system control is located directly behind the shift lever for maximum comfort and ease of operation.

Coordinating with the 'Fluid Titanium' exterior colour, the seats, door panels and instrument binnacle hood are trimmed in a warm, elegant amber leather finish. The extensive use of metallic finishes and soft touch materials throughout reinforces the premium quality of the environment. The contrast between the exterior and interior colour schemes gives the car an elegant yet simultaneously sporting image.

Representing a new Lexus powertrain for future production, the LF-CC is equipped with an all-new, highly efficient, 2.5 litre full hybrid powertrain delivering a combination of the engaging performance appropriate to a sporting, D-segment coupe and low CO2 emissions, targeted below 100 g/km. This powertrain will achieve class-leading energy efficiency, with more than 2 hp produced per gram of CO2.

This Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain features an all-new, ultra-smooth running, 2.5 litre 4-cylinder petrol engine mated to a compact, high-output, water-cooled permanent magnet electric motor.

In addition to the petrol engine and electric motor, the LF-CC hybrid drive system further comprises a generator, a high-performance battery, a power split device which, via planetary reduction gears, combines and re-allocates power from the engine, electric motor and generator according to operational requirements, and a compact power control unit to govern the high speed interaction of the system components.

Adapted specifically for the hybrid powertrain, the all-new 2.5 litre, DOHC, 4-cylinder petrol engine benefits from several technical improvements. It adopts the Atkinson cycle and D-4S direct injection technology to optimise both the power and fuel-efficiency benefits of Lexus Hybrid Drive.
Lexus will introduce this new hybrid powertrain into its model range in the near future.

Besides the world premiere of the new LF-CC, Lexus will also display the all-new LS 600h F SPORT in Western European premiere. The new LS flagship sedan reflects the bolder Lexus exterior and interior design direction, and brings enhanced driving dynamics, world-leading refinement, luxury and innovative advanced technology.

Introduced by Paul Van der Burgh, Director Lexus Europe, the Lexus Press Conference will be held at 8.45 AM CET on September 27 (hall 4, stand 120).

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      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll be glad when this industry trend of gigantic grills goes away (again).
        • 2 Years Ago
        I don't mind the grill sizing or width. In looking at this Lexus concept, it's fairly noticeable how far the grill does extend out. Kinda takes away from how newer cars had shorter overhangs - which is a much cleaner look with the overall designs. I'm sure much of the reasoning for the grill extensions are for safety regulations maybe.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      I liked it until i saw the designer video, the proportions are off also it reminds me of a bad attempt to compete with the A5
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it is bloody gorgeous. The problem is that a really expensive Toyota is still a Toyota. If you have enough money to buy one of these things and you are standing a fancy party and someone asks what you drive, you can't just say a Toyota, you would have to explain which model. That is just a bit crap!
        • 2 Years Ago
        Tired of these comments Lexus is just a Toyota. Rolls Royce is just a BMW. Idiots. You know nothing about the automobile industry. Trolls commenting in the morning waiting for your shift to start at Burger King.
          • 2 Years Ago
          What car company doesn't share platforms? Make your own car then.. wise guys.
          • 2 Years Ago
          "Even the name "Lexus" was stolen from a legal website." No, it wasn't.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @vdub not to mention the fact that Lexus has the best quility in the industry so you are getting more than a toyota your getting a LEXUS .... @buyatcrown AUDI isnt just a VW reguardless if they look a like? RIGHT? ....
          • 2 Years Ago
          Lexus is just a rebadged Toyota for dumb Americans to pay extra. Lexus has less heritage than Cadillac and Chrysler let alone storied European marques. Even the name "Lexus" was stolen from a legal website.
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      rear end is still a hideous mess in these real world photos. looks like the back end got in a bad accident.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd make a comment, but since this is a concept car, there's really no point. The production model won't look like this at all. More yawnfest-ery from the industry, ie "look what we could build, but don't have the balls to"
      • 2 Years Ago
      gah....that thing is HIDEOUS. like a mutated parasite.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Best Car of the Show award
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really like this car. Finally some styling outside of Italy that really shakes the current looks. Those taillights are to die for. The wheels too. I love the matte spokes with the polished spokes. Te art deco mirrors are show car fabulous, but I bet you can't see a thing out of them. My only critical comment is the grey wing things between the headlamps. Don't need them. It would be better without them.
      • 2 Years Ago
      A first interesting design from Lexus in like 14 years or so.
        • 2 Years Ago
        It is interesting as a joke, please someone take the pen from the designer of this mess. He had urge to put line wherever he could. In my opinion, the Lexus looked better whet they were copying Merc.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I could see a lower cost version of this as a re-imagined Toyota Supra. :-)
      Ian D.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it! It has the look of a 3 series Coupe mixed with a little Audi'esque flavor.. And all with the reliability of a Toyota/Lexus... Build it!
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