Lexus LF-LC Might See Production After All

The Lexus LF-LC Hybrid Concept was one of the undisputed stars of this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and now there’s talk of actually producing it.

At the time of its introduction back in January, Lexus was adamant that the car was purely a styling exercise, conceived to showcase the brand’s future design direction.

But now that the LF-LC has toured more auto shows and has received overwhelmingly positive response, perhaps there’s a greater chance of it making it all the way home to dealer showrooms.

Speaking with UK magazine Autocar, following this year’s Geneva Motor Show a few weeks ago, Lexus’ Product Planning Supremo Karl Schlicht, said that, “although a decision has not been taken [regarding the LF-LC], every top Toyota Motor Company manager is aware of the great reception it has received and now, we’re talking about how we can fit it into the production plan.”

That said, Schlicht emphasized that no formal decision had yet been taken and rated the LF-LC’s possibility of production as “up to a 50 percent chance from a zero percent one.”

When the concept was first unveiled, little information was released on the driveline, Lexus only saying that it was a front engine, rear-drive layout, incorporating Advanced Lexus Drive Hybrid technology.

If a production version does materialize, it’ll be interesting to see exactly what kind of hybrid drive system is chosen for the car; given industry lead times and advances in technology; though at this juncture a variation on the Hybrid Synergy Drive System used in the Lexus GS 450h and LS 600h is probably the most likely.

Autocar


  • MrEnergyCzar

    The front end looks similar to the Ampera or Nissan 300z…

    MrEnergyCzar

  • The anonymous

    “…though at this juncture a variation on the Hybrid Synergy Drive System used in the Lexus GS 450h and LS 600h is probably the most likely.”

    I sure hope not. Neither saves much fuel. There are better ways to save fuel than these RWD hybrid systems.

  • jones22

    I am definitely a huge fan of this lexus. So much that you can get from this car. I hope to see the production taking off here. gps marine handheld