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Lexus LC Convertible Concept unveiled at 2019 Detroit Auto Show

It has been three years since Toyota’s luxury division, Lexus, unveiled the LC Coupe at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), which is also known as the Detroit Auto Show. Now at the same venue, Lexus is presenting to the global public an open -top study of the LC Coupe – the Lexus LC Convertible Concept.

As the luxury carmaker puts it, the Lexus LC Convertible Concept suggests future direction of its LC flagship. The premium carmaker calls the LC Convertible Concept as an aspirational halo vehicle for the entire Lexus lineup. In terms of looks, the LC Convertible Concept is essentially the LC Coupe without a fixed roof. For three years, not a few have imagine how the LC Coupe would appear if it become a convertible. The LC Convertible Concept is the realization of this imagination in metal.

As Tadao Mori, Chief Designer of the Lexus LC Convertible Concept, quipped, the show car re-imagines the unmistakable design of the LC Coupe as a future convertible. He added that the LC Convertible Concept is a blend all the best aspects of the original LC Coupe, but with the dynamic design of a convertible.

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Lexus presents LC Inspiration Series Concept and UX 250h Concept at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Being a sponsor of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Lexus took advantage of the prestigious event to unveil two new concepts that represent the luxury carmaker’s different takes on the future of luxury – the new Lexus LC Inspiration Series Concept and the new Lexus UX 250h Concept.

The Lexus LC Inspiration Series Concept is essentially the second vehicle in the carmaker’s Inspiration Series. The first Inspiration Series was an LC 500 finished in Structural Blue and inspired by a superhero from the Marvel cinematic universe -- King T’Challa, the monarch of Wakanda. Both the LC 500 Inspiration Series and the LC Inspiration Series Concept are regarded by Lexus as ultimate expressions of their flagship coupe, as marked by bold designs and exclusive elements.

While the first Inspiration Series wrapped in Structural Blue, the Lexus LC Inspiration Series Concept is finished in Flare Yellow exterior paint. This concept rides on a distinct set of black 21-inch forged alloy wheels. It also features a carbon fiber roof and an active rear spoiler.

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Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept may be a preview of the upcoming LX

The current Lexus LX has been around for quite some time now. That means that it will have to be given a major upgrade if it is to continue to keep up with its rivals. The answer to this dilemma appears to be the recently unveiled LF-1 Limitless Concept. Though it may just be a concept for now, this could actually be a preview of the all new LX. After all, Lexus did say in an interview that their next concept could likely shape the future of a flagship luxury crossover.

To design the Lexus LF-1 Limitless, the automaker partnered with CALTY Design Research in California. The collaboration came up with a concept that has a bold exterior design, which was created by the same team that helped in the FT-1 project that acts as a preview to the new Supra. Similar to some concepts out there, it sits on a set of large 22 inch wheels, while adopting a sharp appearance in line with the company’s recent models.

To be more specific, the LF-1 Limitless’ dimensions are: 5014 mm (197.4 inches) long, 1986 mm (78.2 inches) wide, and 1605 mm (63.2 inches) in height. The concept is just a little bit longer and wider than the LX, and also sits closer to the ground. As for the wheelbase, it is a bit shorter than that of the LX, stretching at 2974 mm (117.1 inches).

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Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept could be a new flagship SUV

For more than two decades, the Lexus LX has been the automaker’s most premium SUV option within the automaker’s lineup. The LX was partly based on the Toyota Land Cruiser, and is a three-row SUV that has a starting price of $89,880. Any serious fan of luxury SUVs would want to get one. But the thing is, we think that Lexus is ready to separate with the 20-year-old platform when it finally introduces their newest range-topping concept at the upcoming 2018 Detroit Auto Show.

Dubbed the LF-1 Limitless Concept, Toyota designed this car in collaboration with CALTY. If you are not aware, it is the same studio that penned the looks of the FT-1 sports car. As mentioned earlier, Lexus’ newest vehicle will be coming to Detroit in just a few weeks from now. We expect it to look a lot different from the LX, based on the teaser we have seen.

The automaker sees the concept as the next genre in luxury crossover vehicles. Furthermore, it is also supposed to “redefine the boundaries of luxury”. We are not surprised that the automaker is sharing very little information when asked about the upcoming concept. One thing we should know is the fact that it adopts similar styling to the rest of the range, which includes a massive spindle grille and a sculpted rear.

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Lexus stunned the motoring world in January this year when it unveiled the fifth generation of its Lexus LS flagship sedan (2018 model year) at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show. Around nine months forward, Lexus is unveiling a more futuristic yet achievable concept version of the LS luxury sedan – laden with a wide array of technological elements – at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan.

Introducing the Lexus LS+ Concept, a study of flagship’s future form as loaded with state-of-the-art technologies. As Lexus sees the new LS+ Concept, this study was developed to symbolize its vision for the future, especially when it is fitted with automated driving technologies that the luxury carmaker plans to apply in its flagship sedan by the end of the decade (2020).

In terms of design, the LS+ Concept is derived from the latest generation of the Lexus LS flagship sedan, particularly with regards to its shape. However, compared to the 2018 LS sedan, the LS+ Concept comes with a more futuristic front and rear ends. After all, the LS+ Concept provides a glimpse into the new design direction of the next generation of Lexus vehicles, as derived from the brand’s L-finesse*3 design philosophy.

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Before the end of April, Lexus filed for a trademark with the name “LS-FC Concept” that’s for use on “automobiles and structural parts thereof”.

Does this mean that we will finally see the rumored hydrogen-fueled LS model? It has been years since the rumour started. We had learned that an LS model is soon to make its debut after the launch of the LF-FC concept, which was supposed to be a preview of the next-generation LS.

If the rumours are true, then the LS would use a variant of the Toyota Mirai powertrain, with an all-wheel drive that has four separate electric motors powering each corner. The company hasn’t been sharing details regarding this issue just yet.

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It is a Lexus on water. Lexus has been known as one of the big names in the global luxury sector of the automotive industry. Its expertise in building luxurious yet still dynamic vehicles has allowed Lexus to create intimately premium vehicles on land. Just recently, Lexus has shown that its expertise and elegance could also be taken to the water – with the unveiling of the one-off Sport Yacht Concept, which is currently on display at Di Lido Island on Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach.

Designed by the Toyota Marine Department in Japan and built by the Marquis-Carver Yacht Group in the United States, this one-off Sport Yacht Concept shows off Lexus’ premium styling and power as adapted for maritime use. Easily noticeable is the beautiful dolphin-like shape of the Lexus Sport Yacht Concept, making it very suitable for a short cruise on the sea.

This sports yacht concept boasts of distinct CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) construction, allowing it to be around 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs) lighter than a similar yacht made from FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic). Its design – particularly on the lower hull – allows the Sports Yacht Concept to further reduce water resistance while enhancing its handling when cruising at higher speeds.

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UX Concept takes Lexus' trademark designs and gives it a thorough reinterpretation. Furthermore, the changes echo the brand's commitment to give its models a unique character to go with the strong concept that powers it. It may have the same UX Concept, but it has an inside out design concept.

The powerful design is complemented by modern and imaginative technologies that give passengers and the driver a wholly immersive ride. This feeling is boosted even further by the cockpit's ergonomics and innovative HMI technology. This car is also the first one to have the Kinetic Seat, which is a breakthrough technology designed by Lexus to make their car seats more in tune with the needs of the occupants.

Lexus UX Concept presented at the 2016 Paris Motor Show benefits from the car brand's expertise in the SUV segment. Lexus was the first to come out with an SUV in the 1990s with its LX and RX models that mixed together off road performance with luxury. The RX 400h was the first premium hybrid SUV, coming out in 2004, while the NX SUV showed the world that striking design can also be useful.

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The Lexus LFA is a two-seater sports car that was first sighted at the North American International Auto Show. In the early 2000s, it began its developmental stages but has since been stuck in that stage for nearly a decade already. It is a waste that production for this car has been put on hold because the LFA holds so much potential as a badass performance car. It has even garnered a steady and passionate fan base due to its looks that spell “surefire future classic”. Now thanks to Californian design student Yang Sun, Lexus LFA fans have been given a bit of a treat with the LFA’s successor.

The young designer uploaded his version of the LFA successor on his Behance before sharing it to the rest of the world. The stunning angular coupe is unofficially called the LF-LA, where LA stands for Los Angeles where Yang Sun is currently based and has nothing to do with the 552 horsepower 4.8-liter V10 beast that competed against the Ferrari 458. The LF-LA concept car is a combination of the Lexus LF-LC and LFA, thus a few similarities on them.

However, Sun’s main inspiration for the sleek, flowing, streamlined shape and smooth bodywork creases on the LF-LA are in fact seashells. Yes, you read that right. These sea dwelling creatures are the main ingredients to this magnificent creation. It is a combination of the popular “Lexus character” and the simple yet elegant forms found in shells. Lexus is Sun’s favorite brand and because of his fascination for the beautiful and intricate designs found in shells, he was inspired to create a vehicle that would exude the perfect harmony of brand identity and natural form. He got inspiration on different cone shapes and focused on the flowing seashell-esque details and structures on the car’s roof and midsection. Sun is happy with the result but is still doing some few extra touches. He describes his work of art as a “radical and unique” kind of styling as was first emanated by the first LFA concept car.

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Lexus has brought to the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 its LF-FC flagship concept that provides a glimpse into the new design and technology direction of its future flagship sedan. This flagship concept highlights a new styling theme personifying the luxury carmaker’s "L-finesse" design philosophy.

It conveys both grace and sophistication no matter where it is viewed – from the front, rear, sides or inside. At the front, the LF-FC concept features an evolved version of Lexus' signature grille with a new mesh design as well as floating "L-shaped" daytime running lights (DRL) extruding from the front fenders.

Meanwhile, the sides of the LF-FC concept is accentuated by 21-inch aluminum wheels with carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) rims. On the other hand, the car’s rear features new taillights that have the same floating theme as the DRL on the front.

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Ladies and gentleman, this is the Lexus LF-SA city car concept, a vehicle that previews company’s MINI Cooper and Audi A1 rival. The new concept was introduced today at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and according to the company, it explores the unexpected territory for the brand.

Moreover, the LF-SA Concept is a driver-focused vehicle and reflects manufacturer’s vision that in a future world where technology and virtual experiences are expected to hold more sway. Capable to carry four passengers and featuring a 2+2 seating layout, the LF-SA Concept is 3,400 mm long, 1,700 mm wide and has a height of 1,430 mm.

What’s more interesting is that the driver’s seat is fixed, which means that the pedals and wheels are adjusted to fit the driver. Even more interesting is that the passenger seat slides back and forth. Regarding the rest of the interior, don’t expect a dramatic design as you’ll not find any, but you will find a hologram-style infotainment system integrated within the instrument display, as well as a wide-angle head-up display.

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For the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Lexus prepared the LF-SA Concept, a city car that previews a rival for the MINI Cooper and Audi A1. Not too many details are available but we can see a revised spindle grille design, as well as stylish LED daytime running lights and LED headlights. Several sources confirmed the fact that Lexus will introduce a new model in Geneva, slotted under the CT200h.

The vehicle is expected to be based on the same platform used by the Toyota Yaris and will arrive on the market in 2018. Lexus LF-SA is seen as a new concept that reflects company’s passion for new design trends and explores unexpected territories for the brand.

Lexus says that its new concept was developed as a luxurious, driver-focused vehicle, designed to address a future world that is more influenced by technology and virtual experiences. More details will be revealed on 3rd of March when Geneva Motor Show will open its doors!

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Beautiful sun, warm temperatures, and winding roads are perfect matches for the Lexus LF-C2 concept, which globally debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The LF-C2 concept is a study in design for a 2+2 roadster and surveys major style motifs informing the brand's future, more daring style direction. Also, the LF-C2 is a luxury Grand Touring concept with inspiration from Lexus’s driving passion.

The LF-C2 concept demonstrates what's planned for the brand's future design language. This concept car illustrates to consumers every Lexus' dedication to dramatic designs as well as the company’s passion for an extraordinary drive experience.

The LF-C2 concept encompasses a highly stylised 2+2 arrangement derived from a purely simple sports coupe vision. Its design is open-air, allowing drivers and passengers to feel the wind in their hair, enjoying the vehicle’s performance on their favourite snaking road. As a roadster concept, there is not top cover to the LF-C2’s cabin.

Read the entire article 2014 LA Auto Show: Lexus LF-C2 Concept shows that good things come to those who wait

Lexus teased its upcoming LF-C2 Concept ahead of 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and it appears that the Japanese carmaker has a big surprise for us. The vehicle seen on the teaser is actually a convertible version of the Lexus RC Coupe, which seems to be a successor to the IS Coupe Cabriolet.

Not too many details are available for the moment, but if based on the RC Coupe the concept is expected to be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine delivering 306 hp.

Still, we could see the more powerful 5.0-liter V8 engine found on the RC F Coupe and capable to deliver 467 hp and 527 Nm of torque. If Lexus will offer a convertible version of the RC F Coupe, this means that the BMW M4 Convertible will receive a rival.

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Lexus officially introduced the RC F GT3 Racing Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Based on the recently introduced RC F Coupe, the new concept car was developed to meet Group GT3 international racing standards. According to the official press release, Lexus will supply the GT3-compliant vehicles to racing teams starting in 2015, while the testing will begin this year.

Moreover we could see the new RC F GT3 in many races globally, such as the 24 Hours of Nurburgring endurance race in Germany or the Super Taikyu Endurance and Super GT series in Japan.

The standard RC F Coupe is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that generates 450 hp and more than 383 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile the Lexus RC F GT3 Racing Concept is powered by the same engine, which delivers more than 540 hp. Furthermore, the RC F GT3 Racing Concept has a weight of 2,755.8 lbs.

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The LF-NX, a new compact crossover concept from Lexus, made its global debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). Through this concept, Lexus studies the potential for a compact crossover within the Lexus model range. The LF-NX concept boosts Lexus’ reputation as the leader in full hybrid drive technology.

Powering this concept is a new variant of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system modified for SUV performance. The exterior of the LF-NX concept features a very highly distinctive and powerfully sculpted styling, showcasing a further evolution of Lexus’ L-finesse design language. Its front reveals a strong interpretation of the Lexus spindle grille, very expressive signature front lighting with independent Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and distinctive corner styling that splits the bumper from the front wing with an aggressive vertical cut.

Its profile shows an urban crossover with its muscular wheel arches trimmed with black protective finish. A classic Lexus side glazing profile is evident above the bold diamond shape of the belt line.

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Ok… we admit, we needed few moments and few breaths in order to start talking about this concept. Set to make its debut next week at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), the Lexus LF-NX Concept is Lexus’ vision of a compact crossover. Maybe this is not its best vision as the LF-NX Concept looks really weird, but we are sure that the production version will look a little bit better.

Powered by a new variant of the Lexus Hybrid Drive system tuned for SUV performance, the new Lexus LF-NX Concept features a strong interpretation of the company’s spindle grille, extremely expressive signature front lighting with independent Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and unique (and weird) corner styling which separates the bumper from the front wing with an aggressive vertical cut.

The rear end of the car is even more surprising and the concept features highly articulated lamp clusters. Finished in a new Brushed Metal Silver exterior color, the LF-NX Concept gives the impression that its bodyshell has been carved from a single piece of solid metal.

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Lexus has a new small SUV that will be used to rival the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Range Rover Evoque. At the Detroit motor show, Kazuo Ohara, the executive vice president of Lexus International, shared that the company is considering an SUV that’s smaller than the existing RX. The details have not been divulged yet but according to Ohara, the new SUV is a key model if the brand wants to boost its growth globally.

Kazuo said that there’s a “need” to offer a vehicle that’s smaller than the RX, adding that this smaller SUV has potential for the worldwide market. Ohara was then asked to comment on a plan for this car to be built on the same platform as the boxy, urban-focused CT200h hatchback. Kazuo said that it’s “still secret” but that it’s being seriously considered.

Kazuo said that a concept vehicle may be unveiled at the Tokyo motor show in late November. It’s also possible that the next-generation small SUV from Lexus will have a refreshed version of the new RAV4 from parent Toyota, or an all-new model that is likely to feature edgy styling such as the newly presented IS sedan.

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There will be a showroom model of the Lexus LF-CC Coupé by 2015. This coupé had debuted last September at the Paris show. Autocar said that the project already has a senior Lexus engineer assigned to it. Project engineering will begin in earnest this month. According to a Lexus source, the company hoped to create an “exciting and emotional” car that would reflect Lexus’s the image that it hopes to get in the future as a ‘sporting’ brand.

It’s expected that the new model will be available in both cabrio and fixed-head versions. It will be based on the same rear-drive platform as the new IS and GS models. It’s likely to use the shorter wheelbase of the IS but with the wider tracks of the GS. It will probably be styled close to that of the LF-CC concept car’s.

The concept’s interior will be carried over. It will also be used in the new IS. The production version would be a hybrid and will probably be powered by a modified version of the GS350h’s drivetrain, which has an output of 300bhp.

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Toyota officials are getting close to making a decision on whether to give the green signal to starting production on its highly praised Lexus LF-LC Concept car. According to Toyota production planner Karl Schlicht, “it’s looking better that we could possibly make it.” Schlicht said earlier this year that the LF-LC’s chances of entering production were 50/50.

Last January at the Detroit Motor Show, there was a zero chance of it getting produced. But at the Australian International Motor Show, Lexus displayed the new Lexus LF-LC Blue and it seemed likely that the concept car would get the green light. The LF-LC Blue is based on the model seen in Detroit.

It is equipped with the most powerful Lexus hybrid drive system the firm has created, with an output of up to 500bhp. The LF-LC Blue borrows technology from the LFA supercar and utilizes a mixture of carbonfibre and aluminium alloy materials.

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