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?
Hyundai 45 EV Concept Pays Tribute To 1974 Pony Coupe
It foreshadows the design and technological developments of future production EVs.
Hyundai has unveiled the 45 EV Concept, an all-electric vehicle that pays tribute to the 1974 Pony Coupe Concept, the car that introduced the Korean automaker to the world.
Visually, the 45 EV concept features an attractive yet minimalistic design that blends futuristic and throwback touches inspired by the Pony. Highlights include a monocoque-style body that’s said to evoke aircraft construction from the 1920s.
Not only does the name reference 45 years since the Pony Coupe first appeared, but it is also tied to the 45-degree angles at the front and rear, forming a diamond-shape silhouette that Hyundai says previews the design direction of future production EVs.
The interior supposedly feel like a living room outfitted with new pieces of furniture, boasting rotating seats that swivel towards occupants as they open the door to improve ingress and egress. A new hidden Camera Monitoring System (CMS) serves as the side mirrors and opens the door for self driving applications.
Hyundai left out any details about the electric powertrain and how much driving range it offers, but we expect at least 400 miles (644 km).
BMW Concept 4 Previews A Massive-Grille 4 Series
Its huge grille supposedly “embodies the aesthetic essence” of the BMW brand.
BMW used the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut the BMW Concept 4, previewing the “new face” of the 4 Series.
The first thing that will catch your eye is its massive twin-kidney grille, which the German automaker describes as a “confident and classy” new take on the brand’s iconic grille. Look closer and you’ll notice that it is made of several small “number 4s” joined together.
“The kidney grille has always been a signature feature of BMW cars,” BMW design head Domagoj Dukec stated. “The BMW Concept 4 presents a confident and classy take on this iconic feature. At the same time, the BMW Concept 4 offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.”
The design is said to be inspired by the 3.0 CSi, though the 1970s car had a much smaller grille than any modern BMW. Do you like it?
Massive grille aside, the BMW Concept 4 borrows many styling cues from the 3 Series and 8 Series and features classic sports car proportions. We’ll have to wait and see how all of this translates to the production 4 series.
Acura Type S Concept Previews Exciting New Sports Sedan
It marks the return of the venerable Type S sub-brand after a decade-long hiatus.
Acura has revealed the Type S concept, showcasing its vision for a modern high-performance package.
Inspired by the latest NSX supercar, the sporty four-door concept features more aggressive styling with better sports car proportions than Acura’s current sedans, with highlights including a long hood that stretches back to the A-pillars, a wide track, and a low stance.
The car features an open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille, new four-lamp Jewel Eye LED headlights, forged carbon exterior elements, 21-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, and 285-width summer tires. Expect the production model to look very similar to the concept.
When the second-generation TLX goes on sale in 2020, it will be the first Acura since 2011 to get the Type S treatment. The new TLX Type S will likely compliment the aesthetic enhancements with more power and sportier handling.
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