Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Lexus | posted February 16, 2016 06:48
Lexus LC 500h set to make world debut next month
Lexus will reveal the LC 500h, the hybrid version of its all-new LC luxury coupe, at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next month.
Aesthetically, the vehicle looks similar with the LC 500 which was first previewed last month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Toyota's luxury brand said that the LC 500h is inspired by the LF-LC concept that debuted in 2012. Lexus added that the vehicle utilizes the company's new architecture that aims to deliver enhanced dynamic capability.
Similar to the LC 500, the exterior of the vehicle features smooth curves, a carbon-fiber roof and an overall aerodynamic form. Up front, it is fitted with sharp-looking LED headlights, a large bumper and the brand's spindle grill. The rear comes with a muscular bumper, a diffuser, an active rear spoiler and distinctive taillights.
Lexus has yet to release the powertrain details of the LC 500h. However, the Japanese automaker did mention that the vehicle is equipped with the brand's next generation hybrid powertrain dubbed as 'Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System'. According to Lexus, the system provides “enhanced driving pleasure, more performance and greater efficiency.”
On the other hand, the LC 500 is powered by a 5.0 V8 engine that delivers 473 PS and 527 Nm of torque. It is mated to 10-speed automatic transmission that Lexus claims is the first-ever in the luxury segment. Lexus said that the LC 500 can go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4.5 seconds.