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Wednesday 19th September 2012

Lexus LF-CC concept

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Lexus will show a thinly disguised version of next year’s all-new 3 Series challenger at the Paris Motor Show – and is signalling its emboldened intent by showcasing the first-ever coupe variant.

The LF-CC concept previews the IS coupe and demonstrates a further evolution of Lexus’ L-finesse design language. This should see it gain one of the most dramatic front ends in the junior executive sector, if the concept’s spindle grille is any measure.

Lexus designers are starting to have fun
Lexus designers are starting to have fun
It’s a striking car, with a classic fastback-style (370Z-style?) coupe rear and some taut, nicely stretched surfaces throughout. Particularly notable is the huge bonnet area, free from fuss, a characteristic that’s carried through elsewhere: it makes for a powerful side profile, with muscular wheelarches and strong shoulders. Even that huge spindle grille is confidently minimised, meaning the busiest area of the car is the rear. As with the clever headlights, rear lights are deeply integrated into the feature lines of the LF-CC. 

The firm hasn’t shown us the interior yet, but again reckons it demonstrates future design thinking. This splits the dash into upper ‘Display Zone’ and lower ‘Operation Zone’, it tells us. Hopefully, the new-design touch tracer display for remote control of vehicle systems will be less infuriating to use than the current mouse-style controller.

A more encouraging sign of intent is Lexus’ claim that it will be a sporting, driver-focused cockpit, one that’s “snug and focused”. We’ll find out at Paris.

More encouraging still is Lexus’ confirmation that it will retain a rear-wheel drive platform. This is believed to be an evolution of the new GS chassis: it will, in turn, share the new full hybrid powertrain Lexus is debuting beneath the LS-CC concept.

Sculpted, rear-wheel drive, 65mpg...hmm
Sculpted, rear-wheel drive, 65mpg...hmm
It’s quite some setup. Using a 2.5-litre V6 petrol mated to a high-output electric motor, Lexus is targeting sub-100g/km CO2 emissions and thus average economy of around 65mpg. The engine runs the Atkinson cycle and features direct fuel injection, while the hybrid setup also has a power-split device and a compact power control unit. There’s no word yet on whether the “high-performance” battery is lithium ion.

Expect next year’s IS saloon to be a more sober derivative of this car, but don’t rule out a coupe variant taking the concept’s looks pretty faithfully to production (eradicating the current, woeful IS-C coupe-convertible in the process). Toyota boss Akio Toyoda is determined Lexus will stop drifting and focus its attack on BMW and Audi. If variants of this can sharpen its attack on the 3 Series, 4 Series, A4 and A5, he may just be on to something.

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GranCab

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707 posts

54 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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That radiator grille would make a nice potato chipper ....

CDP

5,162 posts

162 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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That grille is too much apart from that I really like it.

Blackpuddin

6,669 posts

113 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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That's a great looking car.

LaurasOtherHalf

10,683 posts

104 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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Big thumbs up from me, a lovely blend of premium & modern thumbup

mr2j

516 posts

66 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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That's gawjus. Nice to know there might be a few lookers that'll probably be a decent steer to look forward to in the classifieds of the future.
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famfarrow

239 posts

62 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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Very nice! didn't think I would be saying that of a Lexus! Make it drive well, give it some oomph and I am interested

H100S

1,394 posts

81 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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This is much needed, the current IS range is looking dated compared to rivals especially from the front.

ZOLLAR

18,367 posts

81 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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This is a very nice side profile yes



Looks good.

daveknott5

665 posts

127 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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Like it a lot. Now make it Lexus.

robm3

4,323 posts

135 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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Sigh, haven't you guys learnt anything yet, this is a LEXUS concept therefore:

Concept looks like this:




Reality looks like this:


MrTappets

875 posts

99 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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Very nicely proportioned. I think the grille could be interesting with a bit more tinkering.

foxhounduk

193 posts

88 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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Looks fantastic. I just hope it's got some poke to go with it. Fast looking cars that aren't actually that fast is probably the most annoying thing in the world.

Plus that front grille set-up; Predator anyone?


Krikkit

8,176 posts

89 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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If the coupé looks like that, and comes with a suitably interesting engine, that'll be a very good buy indeed.

epom

4,183 posts

69 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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Looks very like the Audi A5 to me from the front door back.

Frimley111R

7,173 posts

142 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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Better than their other stuff. No way are those side intakes making production though!

BalhamBadger

1,117 posts

81 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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As someone else said it looks like they've taken an Audi A5 and vastly improved on the design.

dhariwab

398 posts

59 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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epom said:
Looks very like the Audi A5 to me from the front door back.
I thought that

fireturk

260 posts

145 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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hideous grill.

PtheP

62 posts

48 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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Everyone seems to like it so how come it's only scoring 6.26? OK it's not going to look like that when and if it hits the street, but as a concept it looks great (and I have NEVER liked a Lexus!)

dele

1,173 posts

102 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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That front profile is blowing my head apart trying to figure out what its meant to look like