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Missing from the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show is the next-gen Lexus LS. Instead, there’s a new flagship concept called the Lexus LF-FC. The brand says that the concept is a brief look at both the design and technology direction in which the future flagship sedan is headed towards.

Larger than the LS, the LF-FC concept measures 5,300 long, 2,000 mm wide and 1,410 mm tall. Design-wise, the four-door sedan is sculpted to Lexus’ L-finesse design philosophy, meant to resemble a grand touring vehicle. The signature spindle grille in a mesh design takes up a huge portion of the front. Also maintaining design consistency is the L-shaped daytime running lights.

Round the back, the sharp tail lamps also receive the L-shape design – a floating theme similar to the front DRLs. The sloping roofline, Lexus says, is styled to look like a four-door coupe. On all four, the LF-FC wears 21-inch aluminium and carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) rims.

Inside, the fascia is split into two sections, top and bottom. Lexus says that the top serves to convey a sense of openness to allow the driver to fully pay attention to the road. The front seats are also designed to give off the illusion as if they were floating on air. In the back, the rear seats can be reclined, and are divided, making it purely a two seater behind. Aniline leather is applied to the seats, door panels and dashboard.

Technology one can find inside the LF-FC includes an advanced human machine interface. Said interface can be controlled through hand gestures, and with that, Lexus says there’s no need to touch the panel or controls. There’s also a holographic image on the centre console to indicate where hand gestures can work, to operate the audio and air conditioning.

Powered by a fuel-cell system that sends power the the rear wheels, it also has two motors located in the front wheels, making the LF-FC an all-wheel drive sedan. It can precisely distribute torque to both front and rear wheels. The fuel-cell stack is positioned in the rear, with the power control unit and hydrogen fuel tanks configured in a T-formation for optimal weight distribution.

The Lexus LF-FC also features automated (not autonomous) driving assistance technology. Among them are elevated traffic environment recognition, prediction and a judgment function. So, what do you guys think of the Lexus LF-FC flagship sedan concept?




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