Making its debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, the Lexus LF-CC Concept is a boldly rendered rear-drive hybrid that foreshadows a future volume-build coupe model -think next-gen IS -- from Toyota's luxury division. In addition to previewing styling cues that will be found in future D-segment Lexus models, it also provides an early look at a new production-intent Lexus Synergy Drive gasoline/electric powertrain.
Finished in Fluid Titanium Metallic, the exterior of the LF-CC Concept represents an even more aggressive take on the brand's "L-finesse" design language than did its Lexus LF-LC Concept predecessor presented last January in Detroit. The car's 3D front fascia is highlighted by the edgiest-yet version of the now-signature spindle grille flanked by tri-element LED projector headlamps. Highly sculpted front flanks flow into a steeply raked windshield and flowing roofline that culminates in an integral decklid spoiler. Prominent fender flares and side contours add interest to the LF-CC's profile view while its rear fascia features L-shaped LED taillamps -- also with an intriguing 3D treatment -- and a large rear diffuser.
The interior of the LF-CC, which embodies the automaker's next-gen HMI (human machine interface) technology, also portends the look and feel of future Lexus production models. Amber leather trim and the extensive use of soft-touch surfaces dominate the luxuriously appointed cabin, which has the driver positioned optimized to facilitate best use of the car's thick-rimmed multifunction sport steering wheel and aluminum sport pedals. The LF-CC's display-rich dash/console is split into an upper Display Zone and a lower Operation Zone designed to be as informative as it is user-friendly and also includes a touch-tracer display input pad behind the shift lever.
Although full details have yet to be released, the Lexus LF-CC Concept is fitted with a new hybrid package that matches an all-new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson Cycle gasoline engine that uses sophisticated D4-S direct/port fuel injection and a compact, high-output, water-cooled permanent magnet electric motor fed by a lithium-ion battery pack. How different this "all-new" engine and Synergy Drive system is from the setup found in the new Lexus ES 300h has not been disclosed, but Lexus has indicated it has been specifically tuned to deliver "engaging performance appropriate to a sporting, D-segment coupe" and will achieve "class-leading energy efficiency" with superlow relative CO2 emissions levels.
Exactly where this production-ready powertrain lands and how much of the LF-CC package transfers into what's strongly rumored to be a new Lexus IS-based Coupe variant as well as the upcoming redesigned IS Sedan line remains to be seen. But there's no denying this latest one-off exercise in green-tinted future think definitely shows plenty of potential across the board. For a closer look at some of the Lexus LF-CC Concept's striking details, click here.