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Monday, January 9, 2012

Lexus LF-LC hybrid sport coupe concept debuts @ Detroit [video]

Lexus unveiled a new design concept for a hybrid 2+2 sport coupe at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Showcasing the future design direction for Lexus with an emphasis on a driver-focused vehicle, the front-engine, rear-wheel drive LF-LC features Advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive.

The concept car’s glass roof features a lightweight, cantilevered pillar with a glass-to-glass roof pillar—a first. Overall, the greenhouse design enhances driver visibility while adding to the sleek lines of the car.

Based on Lexus’ commitment to creating an intuitive driving experience, the LF-LC incorporates a remote touch-screen device that allows the driver to comfortably operate controls without shifting position or altering line-of-sight.

Twin 12.3-inch LCD screens provide information and navigation display. Inputs come from a touch-screen control board (somewhat like a tilt-up iPad, noted Mark Templin, Lexus group vice president and general manager). Used to control the audio system, climate controls and navigation, the interface features a pop-up touch-screen keyboard for more complex entries. Similar touch-screen surfaces on each door operate the windows, mirrors, seat adjustments and personal entertainment settings.

Set directly in front of the driver, multi-level meters layer analog and LCD technologies. The bottom layer displays temperature, fuel and the background for the Eco meter. The middle layer is the tachometer mechanical center ring. The topmost layer provides indicators for the tachometer, speedometer and Eco meter.

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