Slotting in above the RC as its new range topping luxury sports coupe, the LC, inspired to an extent by the 2012 LF-LC concept, is claimed by the Japanese automaker to not only be good looking, but also have the performance credentials to boot.
The first model to ride on its new Global Architecture-Luxury (GA-L) platform, the LC incorporates the latest iteration of the brand's Spindle Grille design language, with the sweeping lines, tapering roof line and sharp edges intended to create an athletic appearance, the latter, according to Lexus, meant to resemble a traditional Japanese fighting sword.
Made from ultra high strength steel and lightweight Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic, the LC also receives a new suspension layout for "even sharper" quality but without tainting its luxury aspiration. As with the RC, Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS), Active Rear Wheel Steering and a Limited Slip Diff as part of the Lexus Dynamic Handling system can be had.
Featuring what Lexus refers to as the Takumi craftsmanship, the interior also takes hints from the RC and GS with extensive use of leather, magnesium alloy inserts and soft touch plastics. A bespoke 13-speaker Mark Levinson Premium sound system or standard 12-speaker Pioneer audio can be have, with safety tech consisting of Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection, Pre-Collision Brake Assist, Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning with Steering Assist and Sway Control and Intelligent High Beam Assist.
Underneath the bonnet, the LC will offer a choice of normally aspirated V8 or a V6 hybrid with its new Multi Stage Hybrid System. Essentially the same unit used in the GS F and RC F, the 5.0-litre V8 engine LC 500 develops 349 kW and 530 N.m of torque, with drive going to the rear wheels through a brand new close ratio ten-speed automatic gearbox with DirectShift.
Displacing 3.5-litres and diving through a CVT, the LC 500h uses a lightweight lithium-ion battery pack claimed to reduced overall weight and improve performance. No output were however announced.
Expected more details and local availability to be made next year.
Set for unveiling at the Detroit Motor Show in January, the new LS was further teased in single image showing a silhouette frontal appearance and suspension components. Although little else is known, the LS will allegedly use the same GA-L underpinnings at the LC, with a normally aspirated V8, hybrid and even a turbocharged V6 being mulled as possible engine options.