Lexus LF-LC Concept may soon enter production

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 26, 2012

The Lexus LF-LC Concept may soon enter production due to its rising popularity, according to Autocar. The senior officials at Lexus who were at the LF-LC’s Detroit show last January asserted that the hybrid 2+2 coupé was strictly a concept. However, the management talked about its potential as a production car as it had been getting very good feedback and has won the public’s ‘best in show’ award at Detroit.

Lexus product planning chief Karl Schlicht talked to Autocar after the European debut at the Geneva show. Back then, he said that no decision has been made yet but there’s now a risk of as much as 50%. All the officials at the Toyota Motor Company know about the “great reception” given to the car. He said that what the company is doing now is to determine what cars fit inside its product plan.

Schlicht, who heads Toyota and Lexus Europe’s product planning chief starting April 1, said that they would have dismissed the proposal for such a dramatic Lexus production car if it had been presented to Toyota management without the concept. Calty Design Centre in California was “let loose” in creating a concept, its only brief being that it had to be a 2+2 coupé.“ Size was its only parameter.

Lexus has long been committed to giving owners that intuitive driving experience. To make this possible, the Lexus LF-LC concept car comes with a remote touch-screen device in order to make the driver manage the different controls without the need to change the line-of-sight or even change the position. This is not the only thing that this latest offering has for the interior as the use of organic shapes and soft textures help this contrast with the innovative technology inside.

The result is a good mix of function and form that is more focused on the driver. Going in the cockpit, one is likely to feel a sense of security and openness at the same time. This is due to the driver being covered with the curved and high console plus the scooped side panels. What happens is that the driver zone is now more focused on the road and the controls.

Looking at the outside, the glass roof of this concept car utilizes a pillar that is more protruded and lightweight. It even has that glass-to-glass juncture that is based on contemporary architecture. The greenhouse has been designed not only to improve the visibility of the driver but also to give the concept car those sleek lines. There are some surprising features though like the trim in polished aluminum and the kick-up window graphic.

On the front, one can observe that the daytime running lights have an L-shape. Meanwhile the vertical fog lamps make use of a fading dot matrix theme as if to offer a sense of movement. Moving to the sides, the Lexus LF-LC concept car shows a profile that is dynamic and powerful. This is proof that this is car is intended for the serious driver.

There are also lines on the side that highlight motion and direction. These dynamic lines are continued to the rear deck and by being sculpturally integrated to the spindle grille theme, mirror that of the front. It also gives the rear section that needed sense of width. The tail lamps have the appearance of a jet burner powering at take-off. By utilizing inner lighting, it results in this region getting a sense of depth.

The rear section has been fitted with fog lamps as well and follows the theme similar to those in the front. In addition, the fog lamps have been integrated with the tail lamps to also get that L-shape. This results in making the onlooker focus on the quad exhaust.

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