Lexus LF-CC Concept is a tidy, welcome look into brand's future

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Default Lexus LF-CC Concept is a tidy, welcome look into brand's future

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WORLD PREMIERE OF THE LEXUS LF-CC CONCEPT CAR AT THE 2012 PARIS MOTOR
SHOW

- LF-CC displays the latest evolution of the L-finesse design language
and signature spindle grille, to be reflected in future Lexus
D-Segment vehicles
- Announces the market launch of a mid-size coupe in the near future
- Features a new 2.5 litre full hybrid powertrain with class-leading
CO2 emissions, which will be introduced soon in the Lexus model range

Brussels, Belgium - Following the unveiling of Lexus' award-winning
hybrid 2+2 sports coupe concept, the LF-LC at the 2012 Detroit Motor
Show and its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show, a new, mid-sized
coupe concept, the LF-CC makes its World Premiere at the 2012 Paris
Motor Show.

The more compact, rear-wheel drive, full hybrid LF-CC already
integrates various design cues from the LF-LC; a first illustration of
how concept cars are truly influencing future Lexus models and, in
this instance, future D-Segment derivatives.

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.

EXTERIOR DESIGN
The LF-CC showcases the latest evolution of the company's unique
L-finesse design language, with the boldest yet interpretation of the
signature Lexus 'spindle' grille. Framed by the bonnet 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.

A unique, 3 LED-projector headlamp design is housed in the narrow gap
between the lower and upper fender surfaces, without a conventional,
one-piece cover. Independent Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) are fully
integrated into the upper bumper surface to complete this unique new
design.
The broad lower fenders are aerodynamically sculpted to manage the
flow of air to the engine bay and front brakes, whilst reinforcing the
powerful, dynamic road presence of the new Lexus signature frontal
design.

In profile, the powerful convex curve of the bonnet flows seamlessly
through a steeply raked windscreen into a roofline which deliberately
peaks towards the rear of the cabin to emphasise the traction
available from the vehicle's rear-wheel drive powertrain.

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.

The airflow regulating fin merges with the falling roofline in a
pronounced rear spoiler integrated within the boot lid, seamlessly
fusing design and aerodynamic elements to give the vehicle its
distinctive, coupe proportions.

To the rear, the full width bumper flows into the rear wheel arches to
emphasise the LF-CC's broad, powerful stance. Lexus-characteristic
L-shaped combination lamps feature a layered, strongly
three-dimensional design, and the lower, concave bumper section
incorporates a full width spoiler to further enhance rear-wheel drive
traction. The rear stop lamp is nicely integrated into the shark
antenna.

The LF-CC is finished in a new, 'Fluid Titanium' exterior colour, a
metallic finish with exceptionally high brilliance which combines
sharp, bright highlighting with dark shaded surfaces to reinforce the
powerful forms of the bodywork's sculpted surfaces.

INTERIOR DESIGN
The LF-CC's interior hints at the progressive luxury of a future Lexus
model cabin layout, and represents a further development of the
company's HMI (Human Machine Interface) design philosophy.

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.

The driver benefits from a low, highly focused driving position with a
sporting, wide grip steering wheel, optimum pedal placement and
high-visibility instrument dials. The touch tracer display for remote
system control is located directly behind the shift lever for maximum
comfort and ease of operation.

Coordinating with the 'Fluid Titanium' exterior colour, the seats,
door panels and instrument binnacle hood are trimmed in a warm,
elegant amber leather finish. The extensive use of metallic finishes
and soft touch materials throughout reinforces the premium quality of
the environment. The contrast between the exterior and interior colour
schemes gives the car an elegant yet simultaneously sporting image.

ALL-NEW 2.5 LITRE FULL HYBRID POWERTRAIN
Representing a new Lexus powertrain for future production, the LF-CC
is equipped with an all-new, highly efficient, 2.5 litre full hybrid
powertrain delivering a combination of the engaging performance
appropriate to a sporting, D-segment coupe and low CO2 emissions,
targeted below 100 g/km. This powertrain will achieve class-leading
energy efficiency, with more than 2 hp produced per gram of CO2.

This Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain features an all-new, ultra-smooth
running, 2.5 litre 4-cylinder petrol engine mated to a compact,
high-output, water-cooled permanent magnet electric motor.

In addition to the petrol 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.

Adapted specifically for the hybrid powertrain, the all-new 2.5 litre,
DOHC, 4-cylinder petrol engine benefits from several technical
improvements. It adopts the Atkinson cycle and D-4S direct injection
technology to optimise both the power and fuel-efficiency benefits of
Lexus Hybrid Drive.
Lexus will introduce this new hybrid powertrain into its model range
in the near future.

LEXUS AT THE 2012 PARIS MOTOR SHOW
Besides the world premiere of the new LF-CC, Lexus will also display
the all-new LS 600h F SPORT in Western European premiere. The new LS
flagship sedan reflects the bolder Lexus exterior and interior design
direction, and brings enhanced driving dynamics, world-leading
refinement, luxury and innovative advanced technology.

Introduced by Paul Van der Burgh, Director Lexus Europe, the Lexus
Press Conference will be held at 8.45 AM CET on September 27 (hall 4,
stand 120).
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