Lexus just released its big Geneva news: the 2017 LC500h!
This super-sports variant introduces a next-gen hybrid that Lexus calls the Multi Stage Hybrid System.
No details on what this entails as of yet, but the new hybrid system promises a big boost in actual sportiness versus just extra efficiency.
How will they achieve that ? There are more than a few ways. First off, Lithium-Ion batteries are expected -- which may be their first excursion in the Lexus production hybrid. Until now, Lexus has stuck to the proven nickel-metal-hydride battery packs so well-known from the Prius and Lexus RX hybrids.
But will it be AWD or still RWD? And will the core gasoline powerplant stay as the 5.0-liter, 467HP RCF engine? Or perhaps swapped in favor of a downsized or V6 version?
Or will the new Multi Stage Hybrid system be a plug-in? Remains TBA.
A chic royal blue paint color for the LC500h is gorgeous and distinct from the lipstick red debut model at the Detroit show last month.
Look for all the LC500h details on March first.
2017 Lexus LC500h
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
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 CET at the Lexus stand (number 4211) in Hall 4, Palexpo.