|The Lexus LF-FC, which debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, further emphasizes the marque’s “L-finesse” design philosophy and all its glory. From every angle, the LF-FC in sedan guise is aggressively elegant, exuding the spirit of a grand touring vehicle.|
At the front, there’s the ‘evolved’ version of Lexus’ signature grille with a new mesh design, coupled with “L-shaped” DRLs (daytime running lights) that blends well from the front fenders. When seen from its profile, the LF-FC’s true character is revealed. The roofline flows from front to rear in the manner of a “4-door coupe”, suggesting that this vehicle isn’t just meant for straight highways, but to also be enjoyed on twisty roads. The sporty 21-inch aluminium wheels with carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) rims, add an extra dose of flair to what is already a dynamically styled machine. From the rear, the new taillights take precedence as it adopts the similar floating theme like the DRLs. Dimension-wise, the Lexus LF-FC has a length of 5,300 mm and is 2,000 mm wide, at 1,410 mm in overall height.
The spacious interior of the LF-FC has been designed to wrap its occupants in a comfortable yet futuristic environment, while providing the driver with a highly-functional cockpit. The cabin has been designed in two sections, top and bottom. The top conveys a sense of openness, allowing the driver to concentrate on the road ahead without feeling constrained.
When seen at eye level, the front seats seem to be floating. The rear seats have been designed for those who enjoy being driven, offering a reclining feature and plenty of head and knee space. High-quality aniline leather on the seats, doors and dashboard enhances the level of luxury of the interior.
Highlighting the new technology inside the LF-FC is an advanced human machine interface that can be operated by simple hand gestures, without the need to touch a panel or controls. A small holographic image on the center console indicates where the system can interpret your hand gestures to control the audio system and ventilation.
At the heart of the LF-FC is a high output fuel cell power system that energizes the rear wheels, and also sends power to two in-wheel motors in the front, making the LF-FC all-wheel-drive. This innovative drive system allows precise torque distribution control between the front and rear wheels, giving the full-size sedan exceptional dynamic handling and superior road stability. The strategic placement of the fuel-cell stack at the rear of the vehicle, power control unit at the front and T-formation configured hydrogen fuel tanks result in front and rear weight distribution optimal for a sporty sedan.
Using automated driving technologies, with elevated traffic environment recognition, prediction, and judgment function, the LF-FC provides a safe and efficient driving experience for its occupants and supports the vision of a world without traffic accidents.
Further details of the Lexus LF-FC will be available following its initial premiere at the Tokyo MS.