Lexus will go for a three-row crossover instead of offering the RC convertible

Article by Christian A., on November 23, 2014

The Lexus LF-C2 Concept a.k.a. the convertible version of the RC Coupe made quite a buzz at the 2014 LA Auto Show, but don’t make any plans folks as the Japanese manufacturer will not offer such a vehicle. Apparently, dealers requested for a three-row crossover and that’s why, the company had to put on hold the RC convertible.

So, Lexus is working on a three-row crossover, but what’s more interesting is that the upcoming vehicle will not use an extended version of the RX’s wheelbase, but the one used by the upcoming LS flagship sedan.

The rear-wheel-drive platform will allow Lexus to take on competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz GL, Audi Q7 and the Infiniti QX80. Regarding its debut, the new Lexus crossover will arrive in three years, as a 2018 model year.

Of course, we loved to see a convertible version of the RC Coupe but Lexus has to think at its sales before providing sexy sports cars to petrol heads.

The LF-C2 concept vehicle has a highly stylised 2+2 configuration and results from a purely simple idea based on the sports coupe. Its open design lets the driver and passengers feel the wind through their hair, enjoying the vehicle’s performance traits on their favourite winding road. As a roadster concept, the LF-C2 does not have any top cabin covering.

The exterior LF-C2 styling drew influence from how various surface forms interplayed with different lights. The design team fashioned shape, edges, and curves to allow the LF-C2 to radiate different traits when viewed from different aspects and lighting situations. This goal, combined with Lexus' layered painting process, creates a striking and advanced interpretation of a luxury open-top GT.

This layered painting process produces the vibrant, golden yellow. The primer comes first, followed by silver, a clear coat, then the yellow that reflects the silver for a brilliant lustre. Then finally, a top coat is applied.

Lexus has always been drawn instinctively to and inspired by things that capture light beautifully. When placed in the right light, people will see the vehicle like they never have before.

The LF-C2’s front fascia is emphasised by a more experimental illustration of the signature Lexus spindled grille. Its grille has a sophisticated braided mesh motif that epitomises Lexus' high craftsmanship levels and alters its look when seen from different angles and lighting.

It stands between triangular LED headlamps, a distinctive Lexus sports car element, and chic indicator lights that start the LF-C2’s character line. This line flows through the vehicle’s arrow-like body and ends at the shortened rear. Outlets in the front bumper provide cooling air to the brakes and help control air flowing through the body, keeping the front stable at high speeds.

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