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Lexus LF-FC concept revealed, previews next-gen LS

Lexus has pulled the wraps off a sleek fuel-cell powered concept called the LF-FC at the Tokyo Motor Show, which likely previews the next-generation LS flagship sedan.

Lexus LF-FC concept-front

At 5.3m long, 2m wide and 1.41m high, the LF-FC is some 200mm longer, and features sleeker, sporty rearward cab proportions compared with the current, more luxury-oriented styling of the LS.

A dramatic interpretation of the spindle grille is flanked by the requisite ‘Nike swoosh’ and stepped LED lights. A clean rear end features LEDs that have an appearance of being raked in sand, with vents evocative of the LF-A – arguably the most recognisable application of Lexus’s L-Finesse design language to date.

The interior features sumptuous leather surfaces and a huge 3D display, spanning three-quarters of the width of the interior. It features elevated traffic recognition, gesture controls, and a small hologram on the centre console. The general shapes and layout of things like the steering wheel may well translate into the production LS limousine.

Lexus LF-FC concept-interior

Looking to build on the efforts of parent Toyota’s Mirai, the LF-FC features a fuel-cell driveline sending 100 per cent clean power the rear wheels, with two in-wheel electric motors in the front for all-paw traction. The LS will surely feature petrol and hybrid powerplant options, as today, but with the vehicle serving as a technology flagship for Lexus and therefore Toyota, the company may well make a fuel cell option available in some regions.

The president of Lexus, Tokuo Fukuichi spoke about the stunning sedan in a statement, saying,

“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.”

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.