Lexus debuts LF-CC Concept ahead of Paris show

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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Not willing to wait until the Paris auto show becomes the focal point of the automotive world's attention in two weeks' time, Lexus has chosen to reveal its stunning new LF-CC Concept early.

The new sport coupe shows the next phase in Lexus' L-finesse design language, incorporating the brand's new trademark "spindle" grille design, albeit more sharply creased which results in a bolder more aggressive presence. The car, which is thought to be gauging market reaction to a future IS sedan, coupe and convertible replacement, pulls similar design cues from the LF-LC Concept that debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit back in January.

Aft of the new grille, the LF-CC features heavily sculpted front fenders integrating triple LED headlamp clusters followed by a steeply raked windshield above a wedge-shaped shoulder line, while razor-sharp angular taillights join a creased and folded rear end design with a large integrated full-width rear deck lid spoiler and a lower diffuser-like valance that's slanted at the same upward angle. While radical by Lexus standards, the LF-CC design will likely enjoy universal appeal, at least amongst the sport-oriented premium D-segment target market Lexus is hoping to attract.

Blue Lexus badges adorn front and rear, announcing that a full-hybrid drivetrain lies beneath its curvaceous hood. The LF-CC Concept's Hybrid Synergy Drive system delivers "a combination of the engaging performance appropriate to a sporting, D-segment coupe and low CO2 emissions, targeted below 100 g/km," says Lexus, which adds that the "powertrain will achieve class-leading energy efficiency, with more than 2 hp produced per gram of CO2." Lexus continues by saying that the "ultra-smoothing running" Atkinson cycle and D-4S direct injection enhanced 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine is "all-new" and that it comes "mated to a compact, high-output, water-cooled permanent magnet electric motor."

Over and above the gasoline engine and electric motor, additional fuel saving technologies include "a generator, a high-performance battery, a power split device which, via planetary reduction gears, combines and re-allocates power from the engine, electric motor and generator according to operational requirements, and a compact power control unit to govern the high speed interaction of the system components," adds the press release.

While it's impossible to know just how much of the new LF-CC Concept will become reality and, if so, when, the new hybrid powertrain will in fact be introduced into Lexus' lineup in the "near future."
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Sports Coupe, Hybrid, HEV, Lexus, 2012, LF-CC Concept,

Organizations: Lexus

Geographic location: Paris

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