It’s taken some time, but Lexus lovers will be delighted to learn of the new slender LF-CC concept unveiled at the Paris motor show this week, which looks set to replace the current IS range. The LF-CC concept sports a sleek coupe-style body, suggesting its latest family saloon could be a real head-turner.
For the first time ever, the IS will be available with the all-new 2.5-litre full hybrid engine, which is soon to be fully incorporated into the Lexus model range.
With drive going to the rear wheels, Lexus seems to have its German counterparts firmly in its sights throwing the LF-CC in line with BMW’s upcoming 4-series, and Mercedes C-class coupe.
With spy shots of the IS saloon in testing taken earlier this month, Lexus looks keen to continue with the current IS series in the form of a standard saloon, sportier ‘F’ model, and now, a coupe version. Whether Lexus will reincarnate the family-friendly Sportscross estate variant remains unconfirmed, but it could prove popular with those looking for practicality with all the trimmings.
The Lexus LF-CC – on the outside
Look familiar? That’s because the Audi A5-fighting coupe features design elements from the LF-LC which debuted last year at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show and the LFA.
The LF-CC showcases the latest evolution of the company’s unique 'L-finesse' design language, with a gaping signature Lexus ‘spindle’ grille, bulging front fenders, and a ‘Bubba-Gump’ front lip.
At the front, three-LED projector headlamp design eliminates the conventional one-piece cover, with 'independent daytime running lights' (DRLs) set into the upper bumper surface to let people know you’re coming whatever the time of day.
Lexus maintain the aggressive body language is tailored for traction, suggesting the LF-CC is not going to fall short of performance expectations with more aerodynamic airflow fins than you’d find in an aquarium.
At the rear, the LF-CC is certainly not lacking in typically angular Lexus-style characteristics, with yet more spoilers on the lower, concave bumper and a neatly designed triangular brake light housed into the shark fin antenna.
On the inside of the LF-CC
Lexus has further developed its scarily named 'Human Machine Interface' (HMI) design philosophy in the cabin, with the introduction of a ‘dual zone’ dashboard. This consists of an upper display zone incorporating a multi-function display screen for at-a-glance viewing, while a lower operation zone houses the gearstick, and behind.