Lexus reveals new concept coupe

MATT CAMPBELL
Last updated 05:00 19/09/2012
LEXUS LF-CC

LEXUS LF-CC: Design features include aquirky wheel-hugging bumper bar designed to cut through the air more cleanly and feed more air to the engine bay and front brakes.

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Lexus has uncovered the LF-CC, a new hybrid-powered concept coupe that gives a strong hint as to how the next-generation IS mid-size model will look when it launches in 2013.

To be revealed at the 2012 Paris motor show later in September, the new Lexus LF-CC brings the next iteration of the luxury brand's styling language, with a prominent "spindle" grille and quirky wheel-hugging bumper bar that has been designed to cut through the air more cleanly as well as send more air to the engine bay and front brakes.

The LF-CC has several screens that dominate the interior. The top tier of the dashboard has a satnav display screen for "at a glance" information, while the centre console has a large touch-screen unit for media and climate controls.

The LF-CC is powered by a new-generation hybrid drivetrain that combines a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine with a water-cooled electric motor.

The targeted fuel use for the LF-CC is about 3.7L/100km and emissions under 100g/km CO2. No specific power outputs have been announced, but the company has confirmed the powertrain will be offered in its production cars in the near future. Power is sent to the car's rear wheels.

The concept confirms Lexus' intentions to take on Mercedes-Benz's C-Class and the BMW 3-Series with a two-door coupe. Currently, Lexus sells the IS250C hard-top convertible, and the new-generation IS model is expected to be offered both as a drop-top and hard-top coupe.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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