Revealed for the first time today at the Tokyo Motor Show, this is the new Lexus LF-FC concept, a visionary vehicle that offers a peek into the design and technology direction of a future Lexus flagship saloon. Purposeful yet elegant, the four-door coupe design of the Lexus LF-FC exudes the spirit of a grand touring vehicle and is powered by a high-output fuel cell and all-wheel drive system.
“Lexus wants to surprise and evoke emotion with its distinctive design and forward-thinking technology. For us, it is more than just a car, and we should exceed conventional imagination. The LF-FC expresses our progressive luxury and high-tech vision of a not so distant future.”
Tokuo Fukuichi, Lexus International President
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The Lexus LF-FC features a fresh new styling theme that embodies L-finesse design philosophy.
Elegant from every angle, the saloon exudes the spirit of a grand touring vehicle. An evolved version of the Lexus signature grille with a new mesh design dominates the front, while floating L-shape daytime running lights (DRL) extrude flawlessly from the front wings. The rear is highlighted by striking new lenses that adopt the same floating theme as the DRLs.
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When seen in profile, the true character of the Lexus LF-FC is revealed. The roofline flows from front to rear in the manner of a four-door coupe, suggesting that this vehicle isn’t just meant for straight highways but to also be enjoyed on twisty roads.
The 21-inch aluminium wheels with carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) rims add an extra dose of flair to what is already a dynamically styled machine.
The spacious interior of the Lexus LF-FC has been designed to wrap its occupants in a comfortable yet futuristic environment, while providing the driver with a highly functional cockpit. The cabin has been design in two sections; top and bottom. The top conveys a sense of openness, allowing the driver to concentrate on the road ahead without feeling constrained.
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When seen at eye level, the front seats seem to be floating. The rear seats have been designed for those who enjoy being driven, offering a reclining feature and plenty of head and knee space. High quality aniline leather on the seats, doors and dashboard enhances the level of luxury of the interior.
Highlighting the new technology inside the Lexus LF-FC is an advanced human machine interface that can be operated by simple hand gestures, without the need to touch a panel or controls. A small holographic image on the centre console indicates where the system can interpret your hand gestures to control the audio system and ventilation.
At the heart of the Lexus LF-FC is a high-output fuel cell power system that energises the rear wheels and also sends power to two in-wheel motors in the front, making the concept all-wheel drive.
This innovative drive system allows precise torque distribution control between the front and rear wheels, giving the full-size saloon exceptional dynamic handling and superior road stability. The strategic placement of the fuel cell stack at the rear of the vehicle, power control unit at the front, and hydrogen tanks configured in a T-formation result in optimal front-to-rear weight distribution for a sporty saloon.
Using automated driving technologies with elevated traffic environment recognition, prediction and judgement function, the Lexus LF-FC provides a safe and efficient driving experience for its occupants and supports the vision of a world without traffic accidents.
Lexus LF-FC specifications:
- Length 5,300mm
- Width 2,000mm
- Height 1,410mm