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2012-09-17 12:22

FUTURE OF LEXUS TO BE SHOWN IN PARIS: The Lexus LF-CC, to be shown in Paris, represents the future of the brand as the automaker will roll out its new hybrid 2.5-litre engine in new models from 2013.

Lexus will unveil a stunning, hybrid coupe concept at the 2012 Paris auto show that hints at future mid-size luxury vehicles from the Japanese automaker.
The LF-CC draws inspiration and design elements from the LF-LC concept, which debuted at the 2012 Detroit auto show, as well as styling cues from the LFA.


Representing a new Lexus powertrain for future production, the LF-CC is equipped with a 2.5-litre hybrid engine which has a claimed CO2 emissions rating of just under 100g/km.

The 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is mated to an electric motor.

Tony Cramb, Lexus Australia chief executive, said: "The Lexus LF-CC is a further example of our commitment to engineering engaging and exciting vehicles that feature the latest in efficient and powerful hybrid drivetrains.
"This concept doesn't just represent thinking for the future, it represents the Lexus of the future," said Cramb.


The LF-CC shows the latest evolution of the automaker's unique "L-finesse" design language, with a new interpretation of the automaker’s signature spindle grille.

Daytime running lights are integrated into the upper bumper surface to complete the unique new design.

The broad lower bumpers are aerodynamically sculpted to manage the flow of air to the engine bay and front brakes, the automaker said.

The new model borrows aero design elements from the LF-LC concept and the LFA, in the form of the an airflow regulating fin which flows from underneath the side of the car and upwards through the rear wheel arch.

This aerodynamic detail is designed to increase downforce and improve traction.

Lexus-characteristic L-shaped taillights feature a layered, three-dimensional design. The rear stop light is integrated into the shark antenna.

The LF-CC is finished in a new “Fluid Titanium” exterior colour with a metallic finish.


The LF-CC's interior hints at the progressive luxury of future Lexus models and the automaker’s Human Machine Interface (HMI) design philosophy.

All functional driving components are consolidated in the driver's seat surroundings, combining outstanding ergonomics with advanced HMI technologies.

The driver benefits from a low, driving position and sports steering wheel.

The exterior paint finish continues inside while the seats, door panels and instrumentation are trimmed in leather.

The extensive use of metallic and soft touch materials throughout reinforces the premium quality.

Lexus will unveil the LF-CC at the Paris auto show on September 27.

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