Toyota will launch the all-new Lexus LC500h at the Geneva motor show on March 3, and it is being positioned as the flagship coupe in the Lexus stable. The sleek looking two-door is long and low, following the design inspiration of the LF-LC concept car.

Of note is the introduction of the Multi Stage Hybrid System that is installed in the 2016 Lexus LC 500h, designed to give the driver a better driving experience by providing better throttle response and balancing between performance and fuel consumption.

Comprising of a 3.5 litre V6 putting out 294 hp and 348 Nm torque is mated to an electric motor and 44.6 kW lithium-ion battery pack, that is then coupled with a four-speed automatic gearbox at the back of the hybrid transmission, the Multi Stage Hybrid System provides better acceleration feel, and the auto box provides more options for matching the engine speed to accelerator pedal movement. Lexus is targetting a sub-five second 0-to-100 km/h time for the LC 500h.

The system also features manually initiated shifts via ‘M’ mode, a first for Lexus hybrids, which allows the driver to change gears for better response and a sportier drive. The new system weighs the same as the current Lexus hybrid powertrain which was achieved by the use of a new lightweight and compact electric motor and a change to using a lithium-ion battery.

Another major change is the LC 500h’s new rear-wheel drive platform that is said to provide a luxurious ride with sacrificing driving dynamics. The powertrain is located behind the front axle line creating a “front mid-ship” layout, while the wheels are pushed out to the edge of the LC 500h’s body.

Together with the majority of the vehicles mass being placed as low as possible towards the centre of the LC 500h, weight has also been reduced by the use of high-tensile steel in the body, along with aluminium in the bonnet and fenders, plus carbon-fibre door structures and boot lid.

Comestically the 2016 LC 500h has a haunchy look, with front and rear wings housing 20 or optional 21-inch wheels under large flares. At the front independent, arrowhead Daytime Running Lights (DRL) sit under a triple LED headlamp unit, giving the LC it’s low bonnet line.

The luxury feel of the Lexus continues in the interior, with the quality and finish of upholstery, hand-stitched leather centre console and dash pad, and drape forming Alcantara door trim. An all new 2017 Lexus multimedia package debuts with the LC 500h, and features faster, more flexible software enabling future enhancements and an updated graphic user interface.

A full suit of driving aids will be included in the Lexus 500h. Dubbed the Lexus Safety System +, the system includes a Pre-Crash Safety (PCS) system with a pedestrian detection function, which helps prevent or mitigate the severity of collisions, All-speed Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Keeping Assist (LKA), and Automatic High Beam (AHB) headlamp technology.