LEXUS LF-FC FLAGSHIP CONCEPT REVEALED AT THE TOKYO MOTOR SHOW
- Visionary new vehicle that provides a glimpse into Lexus’s design and technology direction for a future flagship saloon
- Powerful and elegant four-door coupe design, capturing the spirit of a grand tourer
- Powered by a high-output fuel cell system with all-wheel drive
“Lexus wants to surprise and evoke emotion with its distinctive design and forward-thinking technology. For us, it is more than just a car; we want to exceed conventional imagination. The LF-FC expresses our progressive luxury and high-tech vision of a not-so-distant future.” Tokuo Fukuichi, Lexus International President.
The LF-FC presents a new styling theme that embodies Lexus’s L-finesse design philosophy. From every angle, this new saloon is powerfully elegant, exuding the spirit of a grand tourer. The front is dominated by an evolution of Lexus’s signature grille, with a new mesh design. The L-shaped daytime running lights emerge seamlessly from the front wings with a floating effect that is also applied to the tail-lights.
The LF-FC’s true character is evident when viewed in profile. The roofline flows from front to rear in the style of a four-door coupe, expressing how this is car designed for enjoyment on winding roads rather than straight motorway cruising. The 21-inch aluminium wheels with carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) rims add an extra dash of flair to what is a dynamically styled car.
The LF-FC concept measures 5,300mm long, 2,000mm wide and 1,410mm high.
The LF-FC’s spacious interior wraps its occupants in a comfortable yet futuristic environment, while providing the driver with a highly functional cockpit. The cabin has been designed with distinct top and bottoms sections: the top conveys a sense of openness, helping the driver concentrate on the road ahead without feeling constrained.
Viewed at eye-level, the front seats appear to be floating. The rear seats are designed for people who enjoy being driven, offering a reclining feature and plenty of head and knee room. High-quality aniline leather on the seats, doors and dashboard enhances the level of luxury in the interior.
The LF-FC features an advanced human – machine interface that can be operated using simple hand gestures, with no need to touch a panel or switch. A small holographic image on the centre console indicates where the system can interpret hand gestures to control the audio system and ventilation.
A high-output fuel cell power system is at the heart of the LF-FC, which drives the rear wheels and also sends power to two in-wheel motors at the front, giving the car all-wheel drive. This innovative drive system allows precise torque distribution control between the front and wheels, giving the vehicle exceptional handling and stability. The strategic location of the fuel cell stack at the rear and the power control unit at the front and the arrangement of the hydrogen fuel tanks in a T-formation result in optimum fornt-rear weight distribution for a sporty saloon.
The LF-FC uses automated driving technologies, with an elevated level of traffic environment recognition, prediction and judgement functions to provide a safe and efficient driving experience, supporting the vision of a world without traffic accidents.