10/24/2012—The evolution of a Lexus vehicle is a wonderful thing. Case in point: Last week, Lexus revealed the next stage of its LF-LC concept (in Australia), which builds on the first LF-LC revealed earlier this year.
First of all, it’s got a striking Opal Blue exterior, which is why this latest concept is officially called the Lexus LF-LC Blue. Also new are materials derived from the Lexus LFA: a combination of carbon fiber and aluminum to achieve a light body mass.
Another innovation: Lexus Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive, which features a powerful Atkinson cycle combustion engine that’s mated to an advanced high-energy battery pack. This high-energy battery pack is designed to deliver greater power from a smaller battery than those currently used in Lexus’ range of hybrid vehicles. Combined, the LF-LC Blue concept’s gas/electric hybrid powertrain generates 500 hp—the most of any Lexus hybrid.
Beyond that, intriguing design innovations abound, from the pop-up touch-screen keyboard to the wrap-around glass roof. Perhaps most interesting, though, is what Lexus Australia’s Tony Cramb had to say about the vehicle: “LF-LC is part concept, part reality: the concept hints at what’s to come from Lexus, while the reality has us actively studying how we can engineer and build a vehicle like this in the future.”
In other words, whenever Lexus mentions “concept” and “reality” in the same sentence, Lexus fans can look forward to some exciting developments on the horizon.
—BRIAN GILL, MANAGING EDITOR
Prototype vehicle shown.