Lexus LC Convertible Concept blows in

Published: 05 March 2019

► New Lexus LC Convertible
► A concept car (for now)
► Due at 2019 NAIAS in Detroit 

You're looking at the new 2019 Lexus LC Convertible, the chop-top open-air version of the slinky full-sized coupe at the top of Lexus's range.

It's a concept for now, but is clearly close to production reality. It's a good way of doubling the LC's footprint and expanding sales in what remains a niche sector.

You'll see it for the first time in the metal at the 2019 Detroit motor show, aka the NAIAS.

Lexus LC Convertible at Geneva 2019

Great! When can I buy a Lexus LC Convertible?

No word yet. For now, those sensible souls at Lexus will merely say they're testing the water. But c'mon, they're fooling noone! This car is in the product plan and you can expect to see an LC cabrio within the year.

Lexus LC Convertible Concept 2019

'This concept takes the unmistakeable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible,' said chief designer Tadao Mori. 'A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways.'

That's designer code for: we're going to build it.

A folding hard top or a canvas roof?

No word yet, but we suspect it's a tin top. The roof folds away flat beneath a rear deck, leaving a sleek, 4770mm-long profile when stowed. Being a concept car, it rolls on outsized 22-inch wheels - although these days such a rim option is likely to survive into production.

See the LC Convertible at the Detroit auto show on 14 January. It'll be three years since the Japanese premium brand launched its coupe sibling at the Cobo Hall, so there's a neat circularity to showing it in Motown.

By Tim Pollard

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