Lexus has introduced a new coupe concept as a preview to the next-generation Lexus IS line-up. In addition, the BMW 3-series coupe-sized LF-CC concept will show off the downsized hybrid drivetrain, which will be offered throughout the Lexus lineup. Sources said that the rear-drive LF-CC concept, which is set to make its debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, is meant to start production very soon as part of the new IS range. The new IS has a close relationship with the recently launched GS as both were developed together and they’re built on the same underpinnings. The new IS line-up is due next year and will initially launch with a saloon.
It’s likely that the coupe and convertible models will follow in the mid-term. It’s expected that the concept’s hybrid drivetrain will begin production in the GS as well as in the IS, marking the first time that a hybrid appeared in the small saloon. It has an Atkinson cycle, direct-injection 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. It is also fitted with a compact, high-output electric motor and high-performance battery. Lexis is aiming for a CO2 emissions level of lower than 100g/km, which means that the IS has the lowest CO2 emissions in its class.
Lexus hasn’t yet released the power or performance outputs. However, it is aiming for a 2bhp per gram of CO2 and an output that exceeds 200bhp. The sleek two-door design of the LF-CC is a follow-up to the highly praised LF-LC Concept that came out in early 2012. The LF-CC is sized smaller than the LF-LC, which was a class bigger. The LF-CC is the newest Lexus to have the aggressive ‘L-finesse’ design language, which includes the striking spindle grille that covers most of the car’s nose. Another unique styling feature would be the fins that come out from in front of the rear wheels, which go after lines that drop from the prominent spoiler.