New information today about the Lexus coupe based on the LF-LC concept — from Autocar:
The dramatic LF-LC was first seen at the Detroit motor show in 2012, and [Lexus Europe’s vice-president Alain] Uyttenhoven said that company boss Akio Toyoda “doesn’t want the production car to look any different from the concept”. Uyttenhoven said that the LF-LC concept was anything between 90 and 100 per cent representative of the production car, which he has seen.
“The production LF-LC will not be huge volume [car] for Lexus, but it will bring huge emotion,” said Uyttenhoven. “Every year [until 2020] there will be a new model for Lexus, either a volume car like the NX or a model to boost brand image [like the LF-LC].”
While a production LF-LC has been confirmed for some time, there are two major pieces of information in this quote — namely that the production LF-LC design is done, and that Lexus will be releasing a NEW model every year up to 2020.
The article sets the timeline with the NX this year, the RC next year, and the LF-LC in 2016. In North America, both the NX & RC will be released this year.
Regardless, it means at least four new models before the decade ends — this might be a slower pace than Lexus’ German competitors, but it’s still an accelerated pace compared to the new product pipeline over the past few years.
What do you think Lexus needs in the lineup? Seven-seat SUV? Small sports coupe? Ultra-luxury sedan? Leave your thoughts in the comments and let’s get discussing.