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.
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.
When viewed from the sides, the new Lexus LF-CC Concept reveals a bonnet with a dynamic convex curve, which then flows through the windscreen into a roofline. This roofline reaches its peak on the rear of the cabin, thereby highlighting the traction that can be derived from the concept’s rear-wheel drive powertrain. Meanwhile, the bodywork of the Lexus LF-CC Concept has been stretched tight between its front and rear fenders. The front fender is more pronounced than its rear counterpart, further focusing the weight of the concept on the rear wheels.
The new Lexus LF-CC Concept features an airflow regulating fin, which has a sculpted form inspired by the LF-LC concept and the LFA. This form flows from below the side of the concept then up to the car’s rear wheel arch, resulting to a higher level of downforce on the driven wheels for improved traction. This airflow regulating fin then merges with the car’s roofline on the rear spoiler integrated within the boot lid, thereby giving the Lexus LF-CC Concept its characteristic coupe proportions.
On the rear end, the Lexus LF-CC Concept is given a full width bumper flowing into the rear wheel arches. The rear end of the Lexus LF-CC Concept is also marked by Lexus-exclusive L-shaped combination lamps with a layered, 3D design. Likewise, the Lexus LF-CC Concept comes with full width spoiler integrated into the lower bumper, further helping improve the car’s rear-wheel drive traction. Meanwhile, the rear stop lamp of the concept has been integrated into its shark antenna.
Lexus wrapped the LF-CC Concept in a new, 'Fluid Titanium' exterior color, a high-gloss metallic finish that fuses bright highlighting with shaded surfaces.