(from Lexus Press
Release) Lexus Unveils Sleek Hybrid 2+2 Sport Coupe Design
Concept at North American International Auto Show
• Design study
created at Calty to explore future of Lexus design
• Exterior highlighted by dynamic shapes, intriguing details and
expansive use of glass
• Interior features high technology set off by organic shapes
DETROIT, Mich., Jan. 9,
2012 – Lexus today unveiled a new design concept for a hybrid 2+2
sport coupe at the North American International Auto Show.
Showcasing the future design direction for Lexus with an emphasis on
a driver-focused vehicle, the LF-LC concept will be at the Lexus
display through January 22.
“The concept we’re showing here in Detroit continues the Lexus
design revolution started with the CT and GS,” said Mark Templin,
Lexus group vice president and general manager. “The concept hybrid
2+2 liberates the idea of a sport coupe and pushes the boundaries of
performance, style and technology.”
Challenged by the Lexus Center in Japan to come up with a design for
a future hybrid sport coupe concept, the company’s Calty design
studio in Newport Beach, Calif., sought to advance the redefinition
of Lexus with emotive, avant-garde beauty and advanced technology,
yet remain within reach for premium buyers.
“Our entire studio worked to develop this beautiful interpretation
of Lexus originality,” said Kevin Hunter, president of Calty. “The
LF-LC concept embodies our vision of what a premium sport coupe
The LF-LC displays the new Lexus design language in its bold
interpretation of the signature Lexus spindle grille and rear
architecture. Sumptuous curves blend smoothly into dynamic angles,
creating an inviting display of lines, shadows and corners.
Framed by a deep aluminum surround, the mesh pattern of the spindle
grille takes 3D sculpture form, and functional air intakes in the
bottom corners of the grille show the fusion of distinctive style
and engineering functionality.
Daytime running lights are shaped like an “L” while the vertical fog
lamps utilize a fading dot matrix pattern to suggest a sense of
The profile of the LF-LC creates a powerful, dynamic silhouette that
is unmistakably that of a serious driver’s car. The lines of the
vehicle emphasize direction and motion.
The concept car’s glass roof features a lightweight, cantilevered
pillar with a glass-to-glass juncture inspired by modern
architecture. A rising, kick-up window graphic and polished aluminum
trim are unexpected elements. Overall, the greenhouse design
enhances driver visibility while adding to the sleek lines of the
The dynamic cabin lines are carried through to the rear deck,
sculpturally integrating the spindle grille theme to echo the front
of the vehicle while creating a unique sense of width. The tail
lamps, inspired by the look of a jet afterburner at take-off, use
inner lighting to create a remarkable sense of depth. The rear is
also fitted with fog lamps, repeating the fading dot matrix pattern
of the front fog lamps. Visually, the integrated tail and fog lamps
repeat the “L” shape and lead the viewer’s eye down to the powerful
Lexus quad exhaust.
The interior of the LF-LC concept vehicle contrasts the cool
ambience of advanced technology with soft textures and organic
shapes to create a driver-focused synergy of form and function. The
cockpit expresses a feeling of both openness and security. The
driver is enveloped by deeply scooped side panels and a high, curved
console. The effect is to focus the driver zone on the controls and
on the road.
Based on Lexus’ commitment to creating an intuitive driving
experience, the LF-LC incorporates a remote touch-screen device that
allows the driver to comfortably operate controls without shifting
position or altering line-of-sight.
Twin 12.3-inch LCD screens provide information and navigation
display. Inputs come from a touch-screen control board piercing the
swept center console. Used to control the audio system, climate
controls and navigation, the interface features a pop-up
touch-screen keyboard for more complex entries. Similar touch-screen
surfaces on each door operate the windows, mirrors, seat adjustments
and personal entertainment settings.
Set directly in front of the driver, multi-level meters layer analog
and LCD technologies. The bottom layer displays temperature, fuel
and the background for the Eco meter. The middle layer is the
tachometer mechanical center ring. The topmost layer provides
indicators for the tachometer, speedometer and Eco meter.
Surfaces throughout the cabin are presented in a combination of
smooth leather and suede, with brushed metal trim and wood accents.
The lightweight, race-inspired front seats are formed of multiple
layers and repeat the interlacing curves that define the cabin
interior. The racing style steering wheel is also a lightweight
design and contains integrated controls and start button. Beautiful
stitch details emphasize organic movement throughout the interior.
The front-engine, rear-wheel drive LF-LC features Advanced Lexus
Hybrid Drive, delivering both driving performance and fuel
“This thought-provoking design exercise is a stunning expression of
creativity,” said Templin. “Combined with a next-generation hybrid
powertrain, this concept promises a rewarding driving experience
that is also kinder to the environment.”