Lexus LC 500h Geneva 1

At this year’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Lexus brought out a stunner with its LC 500, the production version of its 2012 concept, the LF-LC. As a follow-up to the premium coupe, the Japanese automaker will introduce a hybrid version of the LC. Called the LC 500h, the new addition to the LC range will be revealed at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

While the LC 500 gets a 5.0 litre naturally-aspirated V8 from the RC F and GS F, with 467 hp and 527 Nm on tap, the LC 500h will debut Lexus’ next-generation hybrid powertrain. Known as the Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System, the new hybrid system is not from any current Lexus model, and promises enhanced driving pleasure, more performance, and greater efficiency.

Accompanying the announcement are these set of photos, which show minimal visual distinction from the non-hybrid version, save for the new badges. Though no details on the new hybrid powertrain was given, it will most likely be comprised of a petrol engine with an electric motor (or more) to assist it, paired to a new transmission. The only question is how potent of the combo Lexus will serve up on the LC 500h.

Expect the rest of the car to closely mirror that of the standard LC 500, including the utilisation of Lexus’ all-new premium rear-wheel drive luxury platform, part of the global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA-L), and a driver-focused cockpit.

Joining the LC 500h on stage will be the the LF-FC concept, which first broke cover at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The concept is a preview of both the design and technology of future Lexus sedans, and is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

GALLERY: 2017 Lexus LC 500