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2014-11-27 08:36

FUTURE LEXUS ON SHOW: The bold LF-C2, debuted at the 2014 LA auto show, hints at Lexus’ style and design future . Image: Lexus

LOS ANGELES, California - Lexus is showing its latest concept, the LF-C2, at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show. The new open-topped (it has neither roof nor cabin covering) concept hints at the design future for the automaker.

The LF-C2 is 4.7m long, 1.8 wide and 1.3m tall, a 2+2 concept that could be the basis for a drop-top variant of the RC Coupe.

Lexus US group vice-president and general manager, Jeff Bracken, said: “This concept shows the world Lexus’s devotion to emotional design and passion for an exceptional driving experience.”


The concept also shows a new version of the automaker’s signature spindle grille that uses a 3D, braided-mesh, effect. Its triangular diode headlights were, the autmaker says, inspired by the brand's sports cars. Vents in the front bumper direct cooling air to the brakes and help to manage airflow.


A sweeping line extends along its flanks from the front bumper to the steep-angled A-pillar. Small vents in the sills direct air to the rear brakes, exiting through fin-like diffusers.

The rear has L-shaped lights, four chromed exhausts and a new rear diffuser design. The concept rides on five-spoked 20” alloys rims.


Lexus LF-C2 chief designer Yasuo Kajino said: “We’ve been instinctively drawn to and inspired by those things that capture the beauty of light. When you put something in the right light, people see it in a way they never have before.”

The interior facia has a conventional instrument cluster, a central video screen controlled by a touch pad, and an analogue clock set between the central air vents.

It also has soft-touch white/grey leather surfaces and light diodes below the windows.


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