Lexus LF-CC concept

27 Sep, 2012 11:16am Luke Madden

Pictures and details of the LF-CC concept, which previews the next-generation Lexus IS

The Lexus LF-CC concept has been revealed at the Paris Motor Show.

The sleek LF-CC will preview the next generation of IS saloon models, which are likely to be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in January. It also hints at an IS coupe version that will probably arrive later in 2013.

The bold new concept gets a dramatic grille, new L-shaped ‘arrowhead’ LED lights and three separate housings for the headlamps, while an aggressive rear light design follows on from the daring design of the front.

The LF-CC has a new hybrid powertrain, due in the next IS. Lexus says the 2.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor will produce around 200bhp and emit less than 100g/km of CO2.

Takeshi Tanabe, who worked on the designs of the RX, CT and new LS models, said that Lexus is going for “something different, something unique from the big three German companies” with the LF-CC and, by extension, the next IS.

“Lexus models are seen as good but maybe a little bit boring,” he admitted. “That is something that cars like the LF-CC are going to change.”

The concept car’s cabin has been designed to showcase what we can expect from Lexus models of the near future.

Tanabe said: “There’s a lot of strong horizontal shapes in the interior and we’ve also fitted a ‘vision of the future’ HMI (Human Machine Interface).” Currently, the system uses a movable mouse, but in the LF-CC it’s completely touch-sensitive.

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As much as I love Lexus, the grille on this is super YUK!! What a mad way to put prospective buyers right off. Hells bells, I recall the absolute furore when Audi introduced its own striking large [to be] corporate grille, and it wasnt nearly as in-your-face as this. Good luck Lexus, you'll need lots of it.

OK, Lexus, you win! In the contest for ugliest grille currently on between just about everyone except VW, you win hands down!

Never seen a stylish Lexus yet.

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