While wandering the floor at this week's LA Auto Show, we had a bit of an epiphany at the Lexus stand. The traditionally stodgy Toyota premium outlet is really starting to come into its own in terms of exciting design. And not just with production models like the excellent new GS sedan. At the front of the display, a triangular formation of plinths was a feast for the eyes – the head was formed by the LFA Nurburgring Package supercar, flanked on either side by the company's outré LF-LC and LF-CC concept cars.

So consider it welcome news on our end that the LF-CC concept shown above has apparently been given the production green light, with a projected arrival by 2015. So says Autocar, which quotes an unnamed source at Lexus willing to confirm that a senior engineer has been tasked with the project. The British publication suggests that the production version of the 2012 Paris Motor Show star will probably be built in both coupe and convertible formats and ride atop the automaker's new modular rear-wheel drive architecture. Power is expected to be an evolution of the GS 350h's hybrid drivetrain.

In other news, that same shadowy source at Lexus has reportedly confirmed that the Japanese luxury brand is "seriously studying" offering a small SUV in the mold of the stylish Range Rover Evoque from Land Rover, though no further details are given. Lexus' own RX crossover range has long been a massive hit for the brand, leaving many industry analysts scratching their heads as to why the automaker hasn't already expanded its crossover offerings to include both larger and smaller formats.


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      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Evoque rival" = Lexus RAV4?
      telm12345
      • 2 Years Ago
      I actuallyl ike the whole thing! I doubt that front-end will totally make it to production (or I hope), but its a looker.
      ngiotta
      • 2 Years Ago
      This thing is all sorts of pretty.
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, nice job Toyota/lexus. this and the IS will look great together. Looks like they are getting their Mono back! Now please send a wee bit to Lincoln!!!!
        joejoe509
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Teleny411
        Haha let's hope it's Mojo not sleepy Mono!
          Teleny411
          • 2 Years Ago
          @joejoe509
          :). You have to love some of the crap auto-correct comes up with. Maybe that's Lincoln's problem the designers all have mono! :)
        AP1_S2K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Teleny411
        hey if it's mono that makes them do a decent design like this, than more power to them.....eff the mojo.
      RetoLift
      • 2 Years Ago
      "So says Autocar, which quotes an unnamed source at Lexus" ....... I'm not holding my breath then... Autocar is about as reliable as a 15 year old jaguar....
      StephenT
      • 2 Years Ago
      The other crossover could be the reason they trademarked the names NX 200T and NX 200H.
      PiCASSO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes please!
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't the LF-CC supposed to preview the styling of the next IS?
      imag
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's really just a sedan-platform coupe, not unlike the RS5, the C-class, or 3-series coupes. It's too bad that platforms are so expensive these days; it would have been nice to have a real Supra on a bespoke sports car platform.
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        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        max.bramantino Just below the tab button on your keyboard, you will find 'Caps Lock'...........
      m_2012
      • 2 Years Ago
      It will be watered down and boring by the time its gets to production. Features will be toned down, it will have some hybrid/CVT, low resistance tires, etc, etc, boring.
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @m_2012
        The GS isn't boring. Perhaps they're onto something. Can't wait to see what the new IS is like.
        spinftwin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @m_2012
        I'm afraid you're right, if the LF-A is any indication. I was so smitten with it as a concept and then they completely ruined the design before it got to production.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please don't dilute the production version. This car looks great.
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