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Lexus LF-CC Hybrid Concept Previews the Next Lexus IS

Lexus has just unveiled the new LF-CC mid-sized coupe concept that is going to make its world premiere at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Following the LF-LC concept from earlier this year, the LF-CC is a more compact, rear-wheel-drive hybrid that borrows many styling cues from the LF-LC.


The LF-CC is an evolution of the Lexus L-finesse design language the boldest interpretation yet of the new Lexus "spindle" grille. Framed by the hood's lip, deep lower spoiler and powerfully projecting front fender tips, the grille mesh is encased in a deep, metal-finish surround and takes on a pronounced, 3D form. The LF-CC is also our first preview of the next Lexus IS, which will also introduce a new coupe variant.


The bodywork is stretched tight between the front and rear fenders, and the rear fender 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 downforce over the driven wheels, further improving traction.


Just as the exterior is a preview of the next IS, the interior of the LF-CC also hints at the interior of the new model. 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 uniquely designed shift lever and an innovative touch tracer display for remote system control. This clear division of zones creates a unique fusion of an airy, spacious cabin and a sporting cockpit which places the emphasis on a snug, highly focused driving environment. All functional driving components are consolidated in the driver's seat surroundings, combining outstanding ergonomics with advanced HMI technologies.


Under the hood, the LF-CC is powered by a new 2.5L full hybrid powertrain that mates a 2.5L four-cylinder engine to a water-cooled electric motor. In addition to the engine and electric motor, the LF-CC hybrid drive system further comprises a generator, a high-performance battery, a power split device which, via planetary reduction gears, combines and re-allocates power from the engine, electric motor and generator according to operational requirements, and a compact power control unit to govern the high speed interaction of the system components.

The new 2.5L hybrid powertrain will eventually be offered in future Lexus models.

The Paris Motor Show kicks off on September 27th.

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