Lexus has confirmed that it’s coming to next month’s Geneva Motor Show with the hybrid version of the svelte coupe that debuted earlier this year – the new LC 500h.
The coupe will feature the automaker’s new hybrid powertrain called the Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System, which promises “enhanced driving pleasure, more performance, and greater efficiency”. Although it is unknown at this point of time, the drivetrain is expected to provide over 470 hp from a combination of an electric motor and a 3.5-litre V6 engine, according to Australian website Motoring.
The rear-wheel-drive LC 500h could also share the same Aisin 10-speed automatic gearbox as the LC500. On the styling front, the hybrid coupe looks identical to its V8-powered cousin, except for the “hybrid” badges placed in front of the rear wheels. The car also underpins the same Global Architecture for Luxury Vehicles (GA-L) platform, combined with carbon fibre roof, boot floor and door structure.
The LC 500h is slated to go on sale not long after Geneva as a 2017 model. We’ll tell you more about the stunning hybrid coupe in the coming weeks.
Lexus at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show
– World Premiere of the LC 500h luxury coupe with next-generation Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System
– European Premiere of the LF-FC concept
Lexus will unveil the hybrid version of its all-new LC luxury coupe at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The LC 500h is equipped with Lexus’ next generation hybrid powertrain, the Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System, providing enhanced driving pleasure, more performance, and greater efficiency.
The LC was first revealed at the 2016 North America International Auto Show. Its styling, performance and craftsmanship position the vehicle as Lexus’ flagship coupe. The LC also utilizes Lexus’ new architecture that promises enhanced dynamic capability.
Inspired by the acclaimed LF-LC concept that debuted in 2012, the LC represents a shift in Lexus’ engineering processes and design ideologies, and marks the beginning of a new phase for the Lexus brand. Its outstanding visual appeal has been unanimously praised following the Detroit reveal, and recognized by professionals who granted LC EyesOn Design awards for Production Car and Best Designed Interior at the 2016 NAIAS.
Lexus will also display the LF-FC concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. LF-FC is a visionary new vehicle that offers a peek into the design and technology direction of Lexus’ future flagship sedan. Initially revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, the LF-FC is powered by a high output fuel cell system. It also features an advanced touchless human machine interface as well as automated driving technologies.
The Lexus Press Conference will take place on March 1 at 11:30 at the Lexus stand (number 4211) in Hall 4, Palexpo.