Lexus is bringing the luxe to the Tokyo Motor Show. On Wednesday, Toyota’s luxury brand revealed its LF-FC flagship concept sedan. It gives a preview of what the next LS will look like when it arrives in 2016 or 2017. It also has some high-tech twists including a gesture-controlled hologram guide, which we’re pretty sure won’t be ready for production.
“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,” says Tokuo Fukuichi, Lexus International President.
The design of the concept features what the automaker calls the “L-finesse,” which basically means it gets some long elegant lines that are designed to portray a grand touring vibe. The front end takes the L standard in a fresh direction with Lexus’ signature grille getting a new mesh design. The front is completed with “L-shaped” daytime running lights that use a floating theme that is mirrored in the new taillight design. The roofline gets what Lexus calls “4-door coupe” lines with lines in the front smoothly pulling back to the rear.
The interior of the concept gets a futuristic “top and bottom” design. It creates the effect of the floating front seats when viewed from eye level. Openness is the focus of the top part of the cabin to allow drivers to stay focused on the road. The rear seats recline and are designed to accommodate the chauffeur trend that is prominent in China right now.
Let’s talk power. Few details are given about the concepts engine, but Lexus notes that it features a high output hydrogen fuel cell system that sends power to all fourwheels, aka, AWD. Lexus notes that this gives it dynamic handling as well as good stability. The system uses a T-formation with the fuel stack in the back and the power control unit in the front to create a sporty weight distribution. No information is available about a gas engine option that the next LS is expected to offer.
Compared to the current LS, the concept is four inches longer and wider and two-inches lower. It also gets the latest technology with an advanced human machine interface. It’s controlled by hand gestures so driver’s don’t need to directly touch the panel or controls. The concept also packs the latest automated driving technologies for improved safety and efficiency.
We don’t have a date yet for a potential production run on the concept LF-FC, but the new LS is expected to arrive sometime in the next two years.