2012 Detroit Auto Show: Lexus LF-LC Hybrid 2+2 Sport Coupe Design Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 9, 2012

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.

Press Release

Lexus LF-LC Concept 2+2 hybrid sport coupe

Lexus unveiled the Lexus LF-LC Concept 2+2 hybrid sport coupe at the 2012 North American International Auto Show showcasing the future design direction for Lexus with an emphasis on a driver-focused vehicle.

"The concept we're showing here in Detroit continues the Lexus design revolution started with the CT and GS," said Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "The concept hybrid 2+2 liberates the idea of a sport coupe and pushes the boundaries of performance, style and technology."

Challenged by the Lexus Center in Japan to come up with a design for a future hybrid sport coupe concept, the company's Calty design studio in Newport Beach, Calif., sought to advance the redefinition of Lexus with emotive, avant-garde beauty and advanced technology, yet remain within reach for premium buyers.

"Our entire studio worked to develop this beautiful interpretation of Lexus originality," said Kevin Hunter, president of Calty. "The Lexus LF-LC concept embodies our vision of what a premium sport coupe could be."

The Lexus LF-LC displays the new Lexus design language in its bold interpretation of the signature Lexus spindle grille and rear architecture. Sumptuous curves blend smoothly into dynamic angles, creating an inviting display of lines, shadows and corners.

Framed by a deep aluminum surround, the mesh pattern of the spindle grille takes 3D sculpture form, and functional air intakes in the bottom corners of the grille show the fusion of distinctive style and engineering functionality.

Daytime running lights are shaped like an "L" while the vertical fog lamps utilize a fading dot matrix pattern to suggest a sense of movement.

The profile of the Lexus LF-LC creates a powerful, dynamic silhouette that is unmistakably that of a serious driver's car. The lines of the vehicle emphasize direction and motion.

The concept car's glass roof features a lightweight, cantilevered pillar with a glass-to-glass juncture inspired by modern architecture. A rising, kick-up window graphic and polished aluminum trim are unexpected elements. Overall, the greenhouse design enhances driver visibility while adding to the sleek lines of the car.

The dynamic cabin lines are carried through to the rear deck, sculpturally integrating the spindle grille theme to echo the front of the vehicle while creating a unique sense of width. The tail lamps, inspired by the look of a jet afterburner at take-off, use inner lighting to create a remarkable sense of depth. The rear is also fitted with fog lamps, repeating the fading dot matrix pattern of the front fog lamps. Visually, the integrated tail and fog lamps repeat the "L" shape and lead the viewer's eye down to the powerful Lexus quad exhaust.

The interior of the Lexus 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. The cockpit expresses a feeling of both openness and security. The driver is enveloped by deeply scooped side panels and a high, curved console. The effect is to focus the driver zone on the controls and on the road.

Based on Lexus' commitment to creating an intuitive driving experience, the LF-LC incorporates a remote touch-screen device that allows the driver to comfortably operate controls without shifting position or altering line-of-sight.

Twin 12.3-inch LCD screens provide information and navigation display. Inputs come from a touch-screen control board piercing the swept center console. Used to control the audio system, climate controls and navigation, the interface 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.

Set directly in front of the driver, multi-level meters layer analog and LCD technologies. The bottom layer displays temperature, fuel and the background for the Eco meter. The middle layer is the tachometer mechanical center ring. The topmost layer provides indicators for the tachometer, speedometer and Eco meter.

Surfaces throughout the cabin are presented in a combination of smooth leather and suede, with brushed metal trim and wood accents. The lightweight, race-inspired front seats are formed of multiple layers and repeat the interlacing curves that define the cabin interior. The racing style steering wheel is also a lightweight design and contains integrated controls and start button. Beautiful stitch details emphasize organic movement throughout the interior.

The front-engine, rear-wheel drive Lexus LF-LC Concept features Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, delivering both driving performance and fuel efficiency.

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