2012 Lexus LF-LC Blue Concept
Lexus unveiled the second LF-LC concept ahead its world premiere at 2012 Sydney Auto Show named 2012 Lexus LF-LC Blue Concept. Previously, the first concept has shown at 2012 Detroit Auto Show which features LF-LC Hybrid.
2012 Lexus LF-LC Blue Concept will come with next-generation Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive system. This system will offers a powerful and efficient Atkinson cycle combustion engine that’s mated to an advanced high-energy battery pack. LF-LC Blue Concept will produce maximum 500 horsepower when petrol/electric hybrid engine are combined.
“LF-LC is part concept, part reality: the concept hints at what’s to come from Lexus, while the reality has us actively studying how we can engineer and build a vehicle like this in the future,” said Lexus Australia’s Tony Cramb at the vehicle’s unveiling at the Australian International Motor Show.
This model will be designed as light as possible which features carbon fiber and aluminum alloy materials. But Lexus will still consider all the plush and luxury goodies. The LF-LC Blue Concept carries the same sculpted “L” shaped daytime running lights of the original concept. The vertical fog lamps are also there, as is the fading dot matrix pattern that Lexus describes as “conveying a sense of movement” to the car.
As for the rear, it’s more of the same as the LF-LC Blue Concept has the integrated spindle grille theme to complement the front of the vehicle. The jet afterburner-inspired tail lamps add some serious aesthetic touch while the fog lamps and the same fading dot matrix pattern, as well as the integrated tail, carries the same “L” pattern as the front.
In addition, the deeply sculpted air intakes behind the doors and the wrap-around glass roof that dictates a panoramic view, and you get a concept that doesn’t depart too much from the original version’s design.
On the interior, the LF-LC concept contrasts the cool ambience of advanced technology with soft textures and organic shapes to create a driver-focused synergy of form and function. The Lexus future car LF-LC incorporates a remote touch-screen device that allows the driver to comfortably operate controls without shifting position or altering their line of sight. Twin 12.3-inch LCD screens provide information and navigation display. Inputs come from a touch-screen control board piercing the swept center console.
The interface is used to control the audio system, climate controls and navigation, and features a pop-up touch-screen keyboard for more complex entries. Set directly in front of the driver, multi-level meters layer analogue and LCD technologies.
The bottom layer displays temperature, fuel and the background for the Eco meter. The middle layer is the tachometer mechanical centre ring. The topmost layer provides indicators for the tachometer, speedometer and Eco meter. Surfaces throughout the cabin are presented in a combination of smooth leather and suede, with brushed metal trim and wood accents.
The lightweight, race-inspired front seats are formed of multiple layers and repeat the interlacing curves that define the cabin interior. The racing-style steering wheel is clad in lightweight carbon fiber and contains integrated controls and start button.
The new 2012 Lexus LF-LC Blue Concept has no clear future as a production model. Although Lexus has been clear that the model could be a starting point for future hybrid sports cars, they have yet to make a clear indication that the actual LF-LC Blue Concept, or the original one for that matter, will hit the production block.