With an all-new Lexus LS currently under development, Lexus used the Tokyo Motor Show to preview what they have in store for affluent car buyers. The Lexus LF-FC Concept is both elegant and sporty, and almost looks too good to be associated with the LS.
With a design dictated by what is arguably the most extreme example of Lexus’ “L-finesse” styling language, the LF-FC makes a statement with an aggressive fronted featuring an even more exaggerated iteration of Lexus’ polarizing spindle grille and “floating” L-shaped daytime running lights.
Its sleek roofline, long hood and short decklid give it a four-door coupe profile, while massive 21-inch wheels with carbon fiber rims keep it visually planted to the ground. The rear end features oversized taillights that adopt the same floating theme as the daytime running lights and a pronouncedly-sculpted bumper.
Inside, the LF-FC Concept is distinguished by a wraparound, driver-oriented cockpit, front seats that seem to float in place, and dual bucket rear seats. There are also gesture controls for the audio and ventilation systems similar to what’s seen in the BMW 7-Series. However, unlike the 7-Series’ setup, Lexus’ concept uses a hologram to designate where the system can recognize hand gestures.
Tokuo Fukuichi, Lexus International President, stated:
“Lexus wants to surprise and evoke emotion with its distinctive design and forward-thinking technology. 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.”
For power, the LF-FC Concept is equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system that drives the rear wheels and two in-wheel motors power that motivate the front, giving it an all-wheel drive configuration. Lexus’ engineers were able to achieve a near perfect 50/50 weight distribution by placing the power control unit at the front and the fuel cell stack in the rear.
The fact that many of the LF-FC’s design cues will transition over to the next LS bodes well for Lexus’ flagship sedan, which is expected go on sale sometime in 2016 or 2017. Do you like hat you see?
Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV Concept Previews Alfa’s First Electrified Vehicle
The Italian automaker is getting ready to enter the electric vehicle segment.
Alfa Romeo used the 2019 Geneva Motor show to debut the Tonale Concept, previewing its first plug-in hybrid.
Sharing a design language with the larger Stelvio, the sleek compact crossover stands out with a large lower grille flanked by LED-array headlights that are thinner than those on the Stelvio and retro design elements like Alfa Romeo’s characteristic phone-dial wheel, which as borrowed from the 33 Stradale of the 1960s.
Highlights of the interior include a 12.3-inch full digital instrument cluster, a large 10.25-inch touchscreen for the central head unit, and premium materials ranging from aluminum to Alcantara and leather.
Technical details or a launch window for the production Tonale were not revealed, but the model was envisioned with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Alfa Romeo plans to launch a total of six PHEVs by the end of 2022, and the Tonale will certainly be one of them.
Toyota Supra TRD Concept Shows Off New Carbon Fiber Parts
It’s an unbridled love affair with carbon fiber.
Not long after taking the wraps off at the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota has revealed a TRD Concept that shows off some of the accessories from Toyota Racing Development possibly coming to the Japanese sports car.
Unveiled at the Osaka Auto Messe aftermarket show, the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD is fitted with many new carbon fiber parts to increase downforce and reduce lift. The front spoiler, side skirts, and rear spoiler and spats are all crafted from carbon fiber, while a carbon fiber door garnish replaces the stock faux vent to reduce turbulence of the airflow over the rear end.
The exterior is finished in a muted silver color that compliments the carbon fiber parts nicely, while unique 19-inch wheels highlight the four corners.
Unfortunately, TRD made no upgrades under the hood. Power is provided by the stock Supra’s turbocharged 3.0L inline-six, generating the same ol’ 335 hp and 365 lb-ft. of torque.
It’s not known if or when these carbon fiber parts and new wheels will be available, and whether they will remain exclusive to the Japanese market like many TRD parts in the past. Either way, share your thoughts about the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD in the comments below.
This Crossover Concept Previews Cadillac’s First-Ever EV
It came out of nowhere and shocked the Detroit Auto Show.
Cadillac followed up the unveiling of the Cadillac XT6 large crossover with a preview of its first-ever all-electric vehicle.
Taking the form of premium electric crossover, the concept is striking and likely also hints at the brand’s future design direction.
“Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,” said Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”
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The surprising reveal comes not long after General Motors announced that Cadillac will lead its electric vehicle strategy, effectively making it the automaker’s Tesla-fighter. Specific details such as power or features aren’t known, nor do we have a definitive timetable as to when the production model will be ready, but it will be the first GM vehicle to be built on the company’s forthcoming dedicated EV platform and should offer level 4 autonomous capabilities at the least.
In essence, not only will the vehicle be Cadillac’s first step into the EV world, but it will also push it deeper into the autonomous realm.
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