Lexus LF-LC Hybrid Concept takes the 2012 EyesOn Design Award

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 17, 2012

Lexus announced that the LF-LC 2+2 Hybrid Sport Coupe that was unveiled last week at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show was named as the best concept car in the annual EyesOn Design Awards. The new concept car that promises to resurrect the SC badge and take on the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class was designed by company’s Calty design studio in Newport Beach, California.

Although it is just a pure design exercise, according to Lexus, we do expect to see a production version of this car as it is incredibly beautiful. Still, we expect to come sooner than the LFA which was finally produced after few years since its first debut as a concept car.

“The LF-LC was a dream car to design and a true collaborative effort at Calty,” said Kevin Hunter, president of Calty. “It is an honor to have that work recognized by our peers and to receive the EyesOn Design Award.”

“The LF-LC is a striking design and breathtaking in its beauty,” said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. “The team at Lexus quickly fell in love with this concept vehicle and it’s rewarding to see that the industry agreed. Receiving the EyesOn Design Award is a great start to what promises to be a fantastic year for Lexus.”

Exterior Design

Going to the outside, that the LF-LC is a serious driver’s car can be seen through the dynamic and powerful outline. The glass roof utilizes a cantilevered and lightweight pillar with its glass-to-glass connection clearly inspired by contemporary architecture.

Meanwhile, lines have been placed to help highlight motion and direction. One will likely be surprised to see the polished aluminum trim and the kick-up rising window graphic. In general, the way the greenhouse has been designed helps with the model’s sleek lines while improving the visibility of the driver.

The dynamic lines on the cabin can be seen on the rear deck and by incorporating a spindle grille theme, it mirrors the look of the front section while giving the rear a sense of width. In addition, the appearance of the tail lamps is clearly inspired by how an afterburner looks once a jet takes off. However by adding inner lighting, it results in offering an excellent sense of depth.

There are also fog lamps in the rear, in the same manner of the fog lamps in the front with its fading dot matrix pattern. Since the fog lamps and the tail lamps have been integrated, it results in that “L” shape and puts the viewer’s focus to the strong quad exhaust.

Interior Design

The inside of the Lexus LF-LC reveals a combination of function and form aimed at being more driver-focused. This is made possible with the use of organic shapes and soft textures and contrasted with the cool atmosphere provided by the different advanced technologies. The area where the driver is, in particular, is wrapped in a curved and high console as well as the deeply scooped side panels. The result is that the cockpit delivers a feel of security and openness while making sure that the driver zone is focused on the road and the controls. In front of the driver are LCD technologies and different multi-level meters layer analog.

The top layer is where the indicators for the Eco meter, speedometer, and tachometer are located. Meanwhile the middle region is for the tachometer mechanical center ring. Finally the bottom part shows the fuel and temperature while serving as the Eco meter’s background.

Since the goal of the brand was to deliver an intuitive driving experience, a remote touch-screen unit has been integrated with the LF-LC to ensure that the driver can manage the controls without needing to change line-of-sight or shift position. The information, as well as the navigation, is shown through two 12.3-inch LCD screens. Input is made possible through the touch-screen control board which is in the center console.

This is what’s used to control various features like the navigation, climate controls, and audio system. Should more complicated entries be needed, the interface comes with a touch-screen pop-up keyboard. On each door are touch-screen surfaces as well which operate the mirrors, windows, adjustment for the seats, and the customized entertainment settings.

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