Forecasting the next generation LS sedan, the LF-FC shuns a fashionable plug-in electric drivetrain, and instead generates its electricity on the fly thanks to a hydrogen fuel cell powering the rear wheels, as well as sending power to in-wheel motors in the front wheels, endowing the concept with all wheel drive.
Lexus has balanced the positioning of major components, with the fuel cell stack mounted at the rear of the vehicle, power control unit at the front, and hydrogen tanks in a T-formation to provide optimal weight distribution.
Right now though, Lexus is keeping mum on the output and driving range of the hydrogen fuel cell.
Styling of the LF-LC advances the current L-finesse styling language, with Lexus’ now ubiquitous spindle grille, narrowed headlamps bordered by sweeping DRL spears, and massive LED tail lights divided by Y-shaped satin chrome finishers.
Classic long-bonnet design, with cab-rearward proportions enforce the sports sedan message, and in usual concept car fasion, door mirrors and handles have been banished, lending the LF-FC a clean profile.
The concept also rolls on 21-inch aluminium wheels, blended with carbon fibre reinforced plastic rims.
"Lexus wants to surprise and evoke emotion with its distinctive design and forward-thinking technology," Lexus international president Tokuo Fukuichi said.
"For us, it is more than just a car, and we should exceed conventional imagination. The LF-FC expresses our progressive luxury and high-tech vision of a not-so-distant future."
Inside the LF-FC features a four-seat cabin, trimmed in white aniline leather, contrasted by brown leather for the dash and parts of the door trims, with a generous application of wood inlays between.
Interior controls are operated by touch-free gestures, with a small holographic image in the centre console indicating the operation zone.
The removal of controls on the dash has allowed for a huge display screen, sweeping the entire width of the dash, offering information and entertainment to the driver and front passenger.
Lexus has also loaded the LF-FC with automatic driving technologies including elevated traffic environment recognition, prediction, and judgment to enable accident-free driving.
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