Designed by Toyota’s Calty studio in California to explore future of Lexus design, the new LF-LC sports coupe is a 2+2 concept that has debuted at the 2012 Detroit auto show (NAIAS).
Introducing the concept, Karl Schlicht from Lexus North America said: "We’re in the middle of the biggest change in Lexus's history, inspired by a new generation of distinctive design."
"The new GS embodies this with its sculpted spindle grille as our symbol of change. And now, the next chapter of Lexus evolves with this coupe design concept. With its striking looks, this concept hybrid 2+2 hints at the design cues that are coming in a wave of new Lexus models over the next two years."
Challenged by Lexus in Japan to design the future hybrid sport coupe concept, the Calty design studio in Newport Beach, California, sought to move the definition of Lexus design forward with avant-garde beauty and advanced technology, whilst keeping the brand within reach of premium buyers.
The LF-LC’s curves blend smoothly into dynamic angles, creating an interplay of lines, shadows and corners. Framed by a deep aluminum surround, the mesh pattern of the spindle grille takes on a 3D form, while functional intakes in the bottom corners demonstrate a distinctive style.
The daytime running lights are L-shaped and the vertical foglamps have a fading dot-matrix pattern.
In profile the LF-LC has a powerful silhouette, while overall the lines emphasize direction and motion.
The concept's glass roof has a lightweight, cantilevered pillar with a glass-to-glass juncture inspired by modern architecture. Distinctive elements include a kick-up window graphic and polished aluminum trim.
The greenhouse design improves visibility for the driver as well as adding to the lines of the car.
The cabin lines are carried through to the rear deck, integrating the spindle grille theme to echo the front and create a sense of width. The tail lamps use inner lighting to give depth, and the foglamps repeat the fading dot matrix pattern at the front. The integrated tail and foglamps repeat the "L" shape and lead the eye down to the quad exhaust design.
The interior contrasts the technology with soft textures and organic shapes. The design is driver-focused, designed to feel both open and secure. The driver is surrounded by deeply scooped side panels and a high, curved console, which create a focus on the controls and the road ahead.
The LF-LC features a remote touchscreen system that allows the driver to operate controls without shifting position or altering line-of-sight. Twin 12.3-inch LCD screens provide information and navigation displays. A touchscreen in the center console is used to control the audio system, climate and navigation, with a pop-up touchscreen keyboard for more complex commands.
Similar touchscreen surfaces on each door are used to operate the windows, mirrors, seat positions and personal entertainment settings.
Multi-level meters set directly in front of the driver layer analogue and LCD technologies. The bottom layer displays temperature, fuel and the background for the Eco meter; the middle layer is the tachometer's mechanical ring; and the topmost layer provides indicators for the tachometer, speedo and Eco meter.
Surfaces throughout the cabin are finished in a combination of smooth leather and suede, with brushed metal trim and wood accents. The lightweight, race-inspired front seats are formed in layers and repeat the interlacing curves that define the cabin's styling.
The front-engine, rear-wheel drive LF-LC features Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, delivering performance and fuel efficiency.