Lexus plans to introduce a new mid-sized coupe concept called the LF-CC at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month.
Continuing the design theme of the LF-LC 2 2 sports coupe concept that made its debut at the 2012 Detroit auto show last January, the LF-CC is said to demonstrate how concept cars truly influence future Lexus models – in this case, future D-Segment (mid-size) vehicles.
More specifically, the LF-CC previews a premium mid-sized coupe that Lexus will put in production in the near future.
The LF-CC is powered by a new hybrid powertrain that is also destined for future production, the company says.
Incorporating an all-new 2.5 litre, DOHC, four-cylinder gasoline engine, mated to a compact, high-output, water-cooled permanent magnet electric motor, it is said to offer class-leading energy efficiency, producing more than 2 hp/gram of CO2.
Stylistically, the LF-CC incorporates the boldest interpretation yet of the controversial Lexus ‘spindle’ grille that has now become the signature design feature of the brand.
Other design cues from the LF-LC, as well as the limited-production LFA supercar, include an airflow-regulating fin that flows from underneath the side of the car, upwards through the rear-wheel arch.
The fin merges with the roofline in a distinct rear spoiler integrated within the deck lid to give the vehicle its distinctive, coupe proportions.
The LF-CC is finished in a metallic ‘Fluid Titanium’ colour that highlights the lines and shadows of the bodywork’s sculpted surfaces.
Inside, the instrument panel is divided into an upper display zone, with a multi-display screen located for at-a-glance viewing, and a lower operation zone, with access to the shift lever and a 'touch tracer' display for remote system control.
This clear division of zones is said to a sporting cockpit that with emphasis on a snug, highly focused driving environment.
The driver benefits from a low, highly focused driving position with a sporting, wide grip steering wheel, optimum pedal placement and high-visibility instrument dials, the company says.
The seats, door panels and instrument cluster hood are trimmed in amber leather and extensive use of metallic finishes and soft touch materials reinforces the premium quality of the environment.