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.