Looking every bit as stunning in person as it did in earlier teaser images, the Lexus LF-LC Concept made a major impression at its formal reveal in Detroit. A logical if admittedly extremely high-profile continuation of the division's design revolution that began with the CT and GS lines, this front-engine/rear-drive 2+2 hybrid showcases the future design direction for Lexus that envisions "what a premium sport coupe could be."
From its bold take on the new Lexus "spindle grille" to taillamps that were inspired by the look of a jet's exhaust when the afterburner kicks in, the LF-LC Concept sets a course for high visual adventure with L-finesse edge. Its sweeping bodywork that melds aggressive contours and edges with a plethora of intriguing details is crowned by a full glass roof at adds even more drama to the already striking mix.
Inside, the cockpit of the Lexus LF- LC Concept is done up in a mix of smooth leather and suede accented with brushed metal and real wood. The driver takes command via a flat-bottom multifunction steering wheel that incorporates a prominent starter button and keeps an eye on all vital information via a main instrument cluster that combines multi-layer digital and analog readouts.
Lexus is strong believer that an intuitive driving experience is one rich is touch-screen technology, and to that end, the LF-LC Concept is fitted with a bounty of them. Twin 12.3-inch displays provide information on audio, climate control and navigation and can be augmented by a third pop-up touchscreen keyboard to use when inputting more complex commands. Each door panel also has its own small pad to operate the windows, mirrors and personal entertainment features as well as to adjust the LF-LC's deeply-bolstered front sport seats.
The single biggest question mark that remains about the Lexus LF-LC - save for when Lexus might actually turn it into a production model - involves its powertrain. For the moment, all execs will officially admit is that the concept is fitted with "an Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, delivering both driving performance and fuel efficiency."
This story was updated on January 9, 2012, with new information and photos released in conjunction with the world premiere of the 2013 Acura RDX Prototype at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.