Report Card: Lexus Interprets the Language of Design -

Report Card: Lexus Interprets the Language of Design

The Lexus LF-LC Concept emphasizes a driver-focused vehicle.

The Lexus LF-LC Concept

At Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January, Lexus unveiled a design concept for a hybrid 2+2 sport coupe that showcased the future design direction for Lexus with an emphasis on a driver-focused vehicle.

The concept was later on-hand at other auto shows across the country, including April’s New York International Auto Show.

The LF-LC displays the new Lexus design language in its bold interpretation of the signature Lexus spindle grille and rear architecture. Sumptuous curves blend smoothly into dynamic angles, creating an inviting display of lines, shadows and corners.

Framed by a deep aluminum surround, the mesh pattern of the spindle grille takes 3D sculpture form, and functional air intakes in the bottom corners of the grille show the fusion of distinctive style and engineering functionality.

Daytime running lights are shaped like an “L” while the vertical fog lamps utilize a fading dot matrix pattern to suggest a sense of movement.

The profile of the LF-LC creates a powerful, dynamic silhouette that is unmistakably that of a serious driver’s car. The lines of the vehicle emphasize direction and motion.

The concept car’s glass roof features a lightweight, cantilevered pillar with a glass-to-glass juncture inspired by modern architecture.

A rising, kick-up window graphic and polished aluminum trim are unexpected elements.

Overall, the greenhouse design enhances driver visibility while adding to the sleek lines of the car.

The dynamic cabin lines are carried through to the rear deck, sculpturally integrating the spindle grille theme to echo the front of the vehicle while creating a unique sense of width.

The tail lamps, inspired by the look of a jet afterburner at take-off, use inner lighting to create a remarkable sense of depth.

The rear is also fitted with fog lamps, repeating the fading dot matrix pattern of the front fog lamps.

Visually, the integrated tail and fog lamps repeat the “L” shape and lead the viewer’s eye down to the powerful Lexus quad exhaust.

The interior of the LF-LC concept vehicle contrasts the cool ambience of advanced technology with soft textures and organic shapes to create a driver-focused synergy of form and function.

The cockpit expresses a feeling of both openness and security.

The driver is enveloped by deeply scooped side panels and a high, curved console.

The effect is to focus the driver zone on the controls and on the road.

 

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