At last, the Lexus LF-LC was finally introduced to the world today at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, showcasing company’s future design direction. Regarding the design, we have nothing to say as we consider it perfect. The LF-LC Concept features a beautiful front grille with functional air intakes, daytime running lights shaped like an ‘L’ with vertical fog lamps using a fading dot matrix pattern to suggest a sense of movement.
The concept car’s glass roof features a lightweight, cantilevered pillar with a glass-to-glass juncture inspired by modern architecture. The tail lamps are inspired by the look of a jet afterburner at take-off and use inner lighting to create a remarkable sense of depth. Moreover, the rear is also fitted with fog lamps, repeating the fading dot matrix pattern of the front fog lamps.
The interior of the LF-LC concept vehicle contrasts the cool ambience of advanced technology with soft textures and organic shapes to create a driver-focused synergy of form and function.
Moreover, the interior also features twin 12.3-inch LCD screens that provide information and navigation display. The interface helps the driver control the audio system, climate controls and navigation but it also features a pop-up touch-screen keyboard for more complex entries.
Similar touch-screen surfaces on each door operate the windows, mirrors, seat adjustments and personal entertainment settings. The LF-LC is a front-engined, rear-wheel drive coupe and features the Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, delivering both driving performance and fuel efficiency.
Lexus has long been committed to delivering to customers a natural driving experience. This is why inside the LF-LC concept vehicle is a remote device which has a touch-screen feature that ensures that drivers can operate the needed controls comfortably without any need to change the line of sight or shift position. In terms of the navigation system and the information system, important data are displayed through the 12.3-inch twin LCD screens.
Controls are operated through the touch-screen control board in the center console. It handles features like the navigation, climate control, and the audio system. The interface itself contains a touch-screen pop-up keyboard in case more complex inputs are needed. Each door also has the same touch-screen displays and these control the seat adjustment, mirrors, and windows. One can even change entertainment settings through this touch-screen display.
Outside, its glass roof has a cantilevered and lightweight pillar which has glass-to-glass juncture -- a clear sign it was inspired by contemporary architecture. Some are likely to be surprised to see the polished aluminum trim and the kick-up window graphic.
Still, the greenhouse design not only adds smooth lines to the LF-LC but also improves the visibility of the driver. Going back to the inside, the use of organic shapes and soft textures clearly contrast with the atmosphere provided by its built-in innovative technologies.
This, however, results in a function and form that allows the driver to focus. Its cockpit thus gives a sense of openness while still feeling safe. The reason is that the driver is wrapped in a curved console and has deeply scooped side panels.
Its dynamic cabin lines are indeed dynamic also extend into the rear deck and the spindle grille theme has been sculpturally integrated in order to mirror the look of the front. These lead to a rather unique feel of the width. Using the appearance of a jet afterburner after taking off, the tail lamps utilize inner lighting in order to give it a better sense of depth.
There are also fog lamps in the rear which echoes the fog lamps in the front and its fading dot matrix design. In terms of visuals, the fog lamps and the integrated tail carry the same L-shape and thus onlookers are prompted to look downwards and onto the quad exhaust.