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.
With a roofline flowing from front to rear just like that of a four-door coupe, the LF-FC implies that it is a vehicle made not just for cruising straight highways, but also for tackling twisty roads.
Of course, the main highlight of the LF-FC concept is the source of its power – a high-output fuel cell power system. While this system mainly powers the concept’s rear wheels, it also provides power to two in-wheel motors in the front – thereby effectively transforming the LF-FC into an all-wheel-drive vehicle.
Because of this drive feature, drivers can expect precise torque distribution control between the front and rear wheels, resulting to remarkable stability and superior handling.
Additionally, the LF-FC features an optimal front and rear weight distribution thanks to the well-thought placement of the power system – a T-formation configured hydrogen fuel tanks, power control unit at front and fuel-cell stack at the rear.
Last but not the least, the Lexus LF-FC is laden with an array of automated driving technologies that features improved traffic environment recognition, prediction, and judgment functions.
Tokuo Fukuichi, President of Lexus International, remarked that the LF-FC is more than just a car, so it needs to transcend conventional imagination and evoke emotion with its unique design and forward-thinking technology.