Lexus LF-CC Concept hints at future mid-size coupe, previews new IS

Lexus has dropped the first details and images of its new LF-CC Concept that will debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month. The LF-CC Concept is the first hint at a new mid-size coupe from Lexus that the brand plans to add in the near future and also outlines the design theme for the next IS sedan.

“Announcing the launch of a premium mid-sized coupe in the more accessible D-segment in the near future, the LF-CC reinforces Lexus’ commitment to create more engaging, inspirational vehicles through attractive design, a superior driving experience and advanced technologies,” Lexus said in a statement.

The more compact, rear-wheel drive, full hybrid LF-CC is powered by a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a compact, high-output, water-cooled permanent magnet electric motor. While no specific numbers were provided, Lexus says that the powertrain will achieve class-leading energy efficiency, with more than 2 hp produced per gram of CO2.

Lexus will introduce this new hybrid powertrain into its model range in the near future.

Besides hinting at a future mid-sized coupe, the Lexus LF-CC explores a bunch of new technology features including a dashboard that is divided into two distinct zones: an upper, Display Zone, with a multi-display screen located 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.

Lexus is starting to seem a little more exciting.

– By: Omar Rana