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.
Lexus said that the concept offers an ideal platform for the next-generation Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive system. Lexus is currently looking into how it could engineer a vehicle similar to it in the future.
The new Lexus LF-LC concept is essentially a showcase of the brand’s new design language, which includes a new interpretation of Lexus’ signature spindle grille and rear architecture. The Lexus LF-LC is also a majestic display of a harmonious blend of athletic curves and sporty angles, resulting to stunning lines and shadows, as well as corners.
Lexus’ signature spindle grille -- reinterpreted in the concept – features a three-dimensional mesh pattern as bordered by a deep aluminum surround. This new spindle grille also features functional air intakes on its bottom corners. Highly accentuating the front end of the new Lexus LF-LC concept are its L-shaped daytime running lights as well as vertical fog lamps that employ a fading dot matrix pattern.
On the other hand, the Lexus LF-LC concept features a dynamic side profile that immediately announces that it is a driver's car, thanks to a plethora of lines that don’t only suggest but also emphasize direction and motion. Likewise, the new Lexus LF-LC concept comes with a glass roof that is supported by lightweight, cantilevered pillar. This pillar features a glass-to-glass juncture as influenced by modern architecture. This pillar is complemented by a rising window graphic as well as by glossy aluminum trim. The new Lexus LF-LC concept is thereby given a greenhouse design that doesn’t only improve the driver’s view of the field, but also help emphasize the car’s sleek lines.
On the rear end, the Lexus LF-LC concept is also laden with aggressive cabin lines, especially on the rear deck. This design echoes the spindle grille theme on the front end while making the concept appear wider. The rear end of the concept also features tail lamps -- inspired by jet afterburners during take-off. These are employed to create a new depth perception.