Monday, September 17, 2012

Lexus Hybrid Coupe Concept Hints At Future Model

Published September 17, 2012

By Philippe Crowe

Lexus will unveil the LF-CC for the first time this month at the Paris motor show, a new mid-size coupe concept with hybrid powertrain that presents design and technology ideas that will influence future models.

It is a follow-up of the LF-LC 2+2 sports coupe concept which debuted at the Detroit show earlier this year as a more compact model with rear-wheel drive and full hybrid power. It shares design cues with the earlier show car and demonstrates how Lexus is using its concept studies to influence future production models, in this case cars for the compact executive car market – the D-segment.

The LF-CC is linked to the launch of a premium mid-size Lexus coupe in the near future and reinforces the company’s commitment to creating more engaging cars that are attractively styled, deliver a better driving experience and harness the potential of advanced technologies.

The LF-CC is equipped with a new 2.5-liter full hybrid powertrain that is destined for use in future production models, and which delivers combination of sporting performance suitable for a mid-size coupe and low emissions, targeted below 100g/km of CO2. Lexus expects the powertrain to be the most efficient in its class, while also producing more than 200 horsepower.

This Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain uses a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder DOHC gas engine, combined to a compact, high-output electric motor.

In addition to the engine and electric motor, the system also features a generator, high-performance battery, a power split device and compact power control unit. Lexus did not reveal any information on the size of the batteries or the size of the electric motor.

The engine has been adapted specifically for use in the hybrid powertrain and benefits from a number of technical improvements, adopting the Atkinson cycle and D-4S direct injection technology to optimize both power and fuel efficiency.

This new powertrain will be introduced in the Lexus model range in the near future.

Lexus will also be displaying the new LS 600h F Sport at the Paris motor show, the model’s first appearance in western Europe.


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