We look at cars everyday at this website, so it takes something special to really make us sit up and take notice. This lovely Lexus LF-CC Concept is one such example, following the footsteps of the much-praised LF-LC hybrid 2+2 sports coupe concept from Detroit 2012.
To debut at Paris, the LF-CC is a mid-sized, rear-wheel drive coupe concept that’s (naturally) a full hybrid. It’s more compact than the LF-LC, but integrates various L-finesse design cues from the red hot Lexus. Toyota’s luxury brand describes it as a first illustration of how concept cars are truly influencing future models and, in this instance, future D-segment derivatives.
Autocar UK says that the LF-CC is heading for production in the near future as part of the next-genration IS range, which currently has a cabriolet but not a coupe. Due next year, the new IS is said to be closely related to the current GS and shares underpinnings with its big brother.
Lexus says that the LF-CC Concept’s interior hints at the “progressive luxury” of a future model cabin layout, and represents a further development of the company’s HMI (Human Machine Interface) design philosophy. No pics yet, though, so we’ll have to wait for Paris.
They’re using the same language for what’s under the hood, calling it a new Lexus powertrain for future production, so be in no doubt that this is more than just a flight of fancy. It combines a 2.5 litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a compact, high-output, water-cooled permanent magnet electric motor.
The DOHC engine runs on the Atkinson cycle and has D-4S direct injection. CO2 emissions target is below 100 g/km and the powertrain will achieve class-leading energy efficiency, with more than 2 hp produced per gram of CO2, says Lexus.
In addition to the petrol engine and electric motor, the hybrid drive system has a generator, a high-performance battery and a power split device which, via planetary reduction gears, combines and re-allocates power from the engine, electric motor and generator according to requirements. There’s also a compact power control unit to govern high-speed interaction between various components.