Lexus shows off the future IS replacement code named LF-CC, it is a new concept car that will become the 3rd generation Lexus IS which has currently been on sale in its current form since 2005. The LF-CC features the redesigned styling cues that have been adopted by the rest of the Lexus brand. It features the latest version of the brand’s L-finesse design language and a massive spindle grille, taking overall cues from the wild LF-LC and adapting them to a more realistic package. In a statement the automaker says the car is a look not just at the next generation IS models, but also at a new coupe for the brand – something Lexus desperately needs to compete with the likes of the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series.
will unveil the LF-CC concept, a mid-sized hybrid coupe, at the Paris motor show later this week. It’s said to influence the design and technology that will go into future Lexus models – hinting at a coupe version of the next generation IS model.
Power comes from a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which is bolstered by a development of the company’s hybrid drive system. The engine is tuned for refinement and economy rather than performance, and Lexus says the car should be capable of less than 100g/km of CO2.
The hybrid system combines a compact high-output electric motor, generator, and a high-performance battery. Power output has not been confirmed, but Lexus says that the car will produce 2bhp per gram of CO2, which puts it at about 200bhp.
Lexus will unveil the LF-CC concept, a mid-sized hybrid coupe, at the Paris motor show later this week.
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