Lexus has shown the LF-CC design concept, the latest vehicle to display Lexus’ evolving L-Finesse design language, as part of the Australian International Design Awards.
The LF-CC design concept provides an insight into the Japanese marque’s renewed focus on design.
Lexus Design Division project manager Takeshi Tanabe said that the LF-CC honours the values of L-Finesse while breaking away from luxury car design norms.
“We went back to basics to restudy and develop our visual language, thereby setting this vehicle far away from its rivals in terms of exterior styling,” Tanabe said.
Although concept in design, the LF-CC provides much of the inspiration for the forthcoming, all-new IS Line and provides a hint of a future two-door mid-size coupe scheduled for production.
“The LF-CC signals a new Lexus, one buoyed by confidence and a desire to deliver vehicles that are visually and dynamically appealing,” said Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley.
“LF-CC is more than a concept, it is a promise from Lexus to deliver an engaging and exciting two-door coupe – in fact, its impact is already evident in the forthcoming IS Line.
“The beauty of LF-CC is more than skin deep, with its innovative petrol-electric drivetrain and on-board features, the LF-CC and in fact the LF-LC coupe concept are graphic demonstrations of what’s to come from Lexus,” Hanley said.
Under the skin, the LF-CC’s 2.5-litre hybrid drivetrain has also moved from concept to reality and will feature as one of three drivetrains across the all-new IS Line.
The 2.5-litre four cylinder Atkinson cycle hybrid powerplant will feature D4-S (direct and port) injection, which boosts power delivery and efficiency.
Combined, the petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain will produce approximately 113 grams of CO2 per kilometre while consuming 4.9 litres of fuel per 100km (combined cycle) with a combined power output of 164kW from its petrol-electric drivetrain.
The LF-CC continues to showcase the latest evolution of the company’s L-finesse design language, with the boldest interpretation of Lexus’ signature ‘spindle’ grille.
Framed by the bonnet lip, deep lower spoiler and projecting front guard tips, the grille mesh is encased in a deep, metal-finish surround and takes on a pronounced 3D form.
Three LED-projector headlamp designs are housed in a narrow gap between the lower and upper guard surfaces, without a conventional one-piece cover.
Independent Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs) are fully integrated into the upper bumper surface to complete the design.
The broad lower guards are aerodynamically sculpted to manage the flow of air to the engine bay and front brakes.
In profile, the convex curve of the bonnet flows through to a steeply raked windscreen into a roofline that deliberately peaks towards the rear of the cabin to emphasise the traction available from the vehicle’s rear-wheel drive powertrain.
The bodywork is stretched tight between the front and rear guards, and the rear guard is less pronounced than that of the front, reinforcing the concentration of vehicle weight over the driven wheels for maximum traction.
Further developing a design form initiated on the LF-LC concept and the high-performance LFA, the sharply sculpted form of an airflow-regulating fin flows from underneath the side of the car and upwards through the rear wheel-arch.
This aerodynamic detail is designed to increase down-force over the driven wheels, further improving traction.
The fin merges with the falling roofline in a pronounced rear spoiler integrated within the boot lid, fusing design and aerodynamic elements to give the vehicle its coupe proportions.
To the rear, the full-width bumper joins the rear wheel arches to emphasise the LF-CC’s broad stance.
Lexus-characteristic L-shaped combination lamps feature a layered, three-dimensional design, and the lower concave bumper section incorporates a full-width spoiler to further enhance rear-wheel drive traction.
The rear stop lamp is integrated into the shark antenna.
The LF-CC is finished in the new ‘Fluid Titanium’ exterior colour – a metallic finish with high brilliance which combines sharp, bright highlighting with dark shaded surfaces to reinforce the forms of the bodywork’s sculpted surfaces.
The LF-CC’s interior hints at a future Lexus model cabin layout, and represents a further development of the company’s HMI (Human Machine Interface) design philosophy.
In a continued evolution of Lexus’ interior design, the dashboard is divided into two distinct zones: an upper Display Zone, with a multi-display screen located at an ideal distance for at-a-glance viewing; and a lower Operation Zone, which allows access to the shift lever and a touch tracer display for remote system control.
All functional driving components are consolidated in the driver’s seat surroundings, combining ergonomics with HMI technologies.
The driver benefits from a low driving position with a sports steering wheel, optimum pedal placement and high-visibility instrument dials.
The touch tracer display for remote system control is located directly behind the shift lever for comfort and ease of operation.
Coordinating with the Fluid Titanium exterior colour, the seats, door panels and instrument binnacle hood are trimmed in a warm amber leather finish.