The Lexus LF-CC launched at the 2012 Paris auto show is a mid-size coupe concept that presents design and technology ideas which will influence future models.It shares design cues with the earlier award-winning LF-LC 2+2 sports coupe concept which debuted at the Detroit Auto show earlier in 2012 and also demonstrates how Lexus is using its concept studies to influence future production models, in this case cars for the compact executive car market – the D-segment.EXTERIORThe LF-CC displays the latest evolution of Lexus’s L-finesse design language and presents the boldest interpretation yet of the spindle-shaped grille that has become a signature feature of new Lexus models. The three-LED projector headlamp units are set in a narrow gap between the upper and lower wing surfaces and dispense with the conventional one-piece cover. Separate daytime running lights are integrated into the upper bumper surface.VEHICLE SPECSThe broad lower leading sections of the front wings are aerodynamically sculpted to manage the flow of air into the engine bay and front brakes, while at the same time reinforcing the road presence created by the frontal design.The convex curve of the bonnet flows through a steeply raked windscreen into a roofline that peaks towards the rear of the cabin.An airflow regulating fin merges with the falling roofline in a rear spoiler integrated in the bootlid, fusing design and aerodynamic elements to give the vehicle its distinctive coupe proportions.INTERIORThe LF-CC’s interior hints at the kind of progressive luxury Lexus envisions for future cabin layouts, with further development of its human-machine interface (HMI) technology.A spacious cabin with a sporting cockpit puts the emphasis on a focused driving environment. All the drive function controls are located immediately around the driver’s seat, combining ergonomics with advanced HMI technologies.NEW ENGINEThe LF-CC is equipped with a new 2.5-litre full hybrid powertrain destined for use in future production models, and it delivers a combination of sporting performance suitable for a mid-size coupe and low emissions, targeted below 100g/km. This Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain uses a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder DOHC petrol engine, mated to a compact, high-output electric motor.In addition to the engine and electric motor, the system also features a generator, battery, a power split device and compact power control unit.