Lexus to Introduce New Coupe Model?


Lexus LF-CC

According to a CarAdvice interview with the president of Lexus International, Kiyotaka Ise, the LF-CC concept that debuted last week at the Paris Motor Show may be a preview of the next-generation IS sedan and a brand new separate coupe model:

Lexus used the 2012 Paris motor show to unveil its LF-CC concept that previews the company’s next-generation IS.

Ise-san, however, suggested the production version of the 3-Series coupe rival may adopt a different badge to the IS sedan.

“We’re not saying this is an IS coupe,” he said, “but it is a D-segment [3 Series class] car.”

Ise-san said the new IS sedan and the spin-off two-door will challenge the BMW 3 Series for driver enjoyment.

This would definitely add weight to the theory that the LF-CC is an composite of two distinct models — in fact, mentioning BMW as a main competitor may foreshadow Lexus’s strategy.

For the first time ever, BMW will be separating their entry-level model into two separate designations — the sedan will remain a 3-series, while the coupe & convertible will become the all-new 4-series. These newly-divided models from BMW will have one other key difference beside the number of doors* — the 4-series will be longer, placing it between the 3-series and 5-series sedans in length.

While it’s just pure guesswork on my part, it’s possible that Lexus may do something similar by making this new coupe bigger than an IS but smaller than the GS — this would have the potential of appealing to both IS & GS buyers looking for a coupe, and it opens the door for a future coupe to sit between the GS & LS.

But beyond all the speculation on size, the name itself makes for a good guessing game — what do you think this new model be called?

(* I purposely ignored the BMW 4-series four-door gran coupe, which just confuses everything.)

[Source: CarAdvice]

Comments


  • DuDE

    Lexus IC250h anyone?

  • BlackDynamiteNY

    What is the upside to having an IS Coupe and a similar-sized coupe separate from the IS?

    Ise, you would have some ‘Splaining to do!
    BD

  • http://lexusenthusiast.com krew

    If I’m reading his comments correctly, there will be no IS coupe. It will be a new model entirely.

  • darkride

    My theory is that it will remain the CC (Compact Coupe). This allows for a LC (Luxury Coupe) to fall between the GS and LS. Giving reason to both the LF-CC and LF-LC concept designations. To support my theory, I have also taken into consideration the last few Lexus concepts which were designed that ended up being good depictions of the production model; LF-Ch –> CTh, LF-Gh –> GSh.

    But that’s just my theory, what are the other opinions, would you like to see a IC-F or CC-F to battle the M3 (which becomes the M4)

  • BlackDynamiteNY

    That’s even more wrong-headed!

    I’ll be in jacuzzi…..
    BD

  • BlackDynamiteNY

    Since Lexus has mentioned the LF-LC with Porsche 911s and Aston Martins, I’m gonna have to pull rank on you……
    BD

  • Mohammed Taha

    Actually, that’s not what it says. It says that Ise-san neither confirms nor denies that the LF-CC is the IS Coupe. It doesn’t explicitly state that there won’t be an IS Coupe. :)

  • Ljn71

    My thinking is that beyond the name and number of doors,not a lot will differ between a production model of the LF-CC and the next IS sedan. I’ve been told that the IS MKIII will have design similarities with the LFA,inside and out.Specifically the dash’s center console would resemble that in the LFA,and that fits with the LF-CC’s interior. Lexus did say a while back that with a possible production version of the LF-LC being quite expensive,there would be room for at least one,maybe two,coupés below the LF-LC. I don’t think the LF-CC has anything to do with the GS,but that a GS coupé is a possibility. This is of course just speculations/wishful thinking on my part,but one can hope.  ;-)

  • leozno1

     That’s how I took that as well. Seems to be a strategy similar to what BMW is doing with the 3 series being sedans only and turning the coupes into the 4 series, or Audi with the A4 and A5.

  • http://twitter.com/FreeSpirit16680 Мохамед Ибрагимов

    LEXUS said in previous week that there will be a coupe version on the GS class 
    and after reading this my thought is as follow

    CT
    then IS
    (then the stand alone coupe model may get a cabriolet variant)
    then GS
    (then the one that LEXUS said previous week to be as GS coupe variant)
    then LS and LF-LC production Coupe

    my best guessing the one between IS & GS to be named CC
    the one between GS & LS to be named SC
    the LF-LC production version will be named LC

    ________
    freespirit

  • BlackDynamiteNY

    A coupe is generally going to be set as a premium product over a sedan, but that doesn’t mean the car wouldn’t be based off of the sedan platform, or not share parts/powertrain.

    They can call them whatever they want, but this is obviously a IS Coupe, and will be based off of the same platform, and will share engines with it.

    The GS will probably get the same as a mid-gen refresh in 2015……
    BD

  • Ljn71

    Yes,that makes sense.

  • http://twitter.com/FreeSpirit16680 Мохамед Ибрагимов

    that’s what i am saying

    i am saying that
    -the new CC will be between IS & GS share the same IS interior but with slightly body length as the IS sedan 

    -the new SC will be between GS & LS share the same GS interior but with slightly body length as the GS sedan 

    -the production LF-LC will have the same chassis of the next LS but it will be sport going for Porsche & A.Martin

    Hence (IS , CC , GS , SC) all will share the same Chassis and even the same Engines as what is happened with the 3rd Gen GS & 2nd Gen IS

  • darkride

    If that be the case, I would still say CC (Between IS-GS), SC (Between GS-LS) and LC (Between LS-LFA). But that is 3 new models for Lexus and that’s me dreaming of it happening.

  • asdub

    whatever about the end result – there are 2 things I would love to see: (1) the LF-CC in a soft-top coupe version (come on Lexus!!) and (2) a top end F-Sport/LFA in a Bond film …. Lexus is coming of age after all, so let the whole world admire …. thoughts???