Remember that headlight teaser Lexus released a short while ago? Well, here is the rest of the car! This is the Lexus “LF-FC Flagship Concept.” As you can see its not a sports car or SUV but instead a luxury sedan that looks like it could be the next evolution for the current Lexus LS. The LF-FC however, is Lexus’ vision for the future and that’s demonstrated through several conceptual design choices. First off is the use of Lexus’ “L-finesse” design language. I know, “L-finesse” sounds like a brand of shampoo but I do like what the design language has done in this instance. The LF-FC really looks like its from the not too distant future without being too over the top. It nicely blends smooth surfaces with a few hard edges.
The other nod to the near future comes in the interior which is the home of what Lexus calls the “Human Machine Interface”. Seriously, that’s what they’re calling it… Anyhow the Human Machine Interface allows, well, Humans to control functions of the car like infotainment and the A/C with hand gestures. There are no buttons, knobs, or touch screens here. Instead there is a holographic interface that can recognize gestures.
To really drive the point home Lexus explains that the LF-FC is hydrogen fuel-cell powered. The fuel cell provides electricity to one main electric motor at the rear of the vehicle and two in-wheel motors at the front. To help compensate for the extra weight inside the wheels, the rims themselves are made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP).
Obviously the LF-FC lives deep in the heart of “what-if land” but at the same time its not that hard to imagine some of this concept’s tech making it into production models, especially the fuel-cell bit. Toyota (Lexus’ parent company) is already going full on with Hydrogen with the new Mirai vehicle so it isn’t hard to imagine that tech making its way to the Luxury offerings as well. Although its pretty safe to say the whole Human Machine Interface hologram thing is quite a ways off.
To get a better look at the LF-FC check out the gallery below and the press release below that for more details. Let us know what you think about the new Lexus concept in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
October 28, 2015
TOKYO (Oct. 28, 2015) — Taking center stage in the Lexus booth at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015, Lexus revealed the LF-FC flagship concept, a visionary new vehicle that offers a peek into the design and technology direction of the brand’s future flagship sedan.
“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,” said Tokuo Fukuichi, Lexus International President.
The LF-FC features a fresh new styling theme that embodies Lexus’ “L-finesse” design philosophy. From every angle, the sedan is aggressively elegant, exuding the spirit of a grand touring vehicle. An evolved version of Lexus’ signature grille with a new mesh design dominates the front, while floating “L-shaped” daytime running lights (DRL) extrude flawlessly from the front fenders. The rear is highlighted by striking new taillights that adopt the same floating theme as the DRL. When seen from its profile, the LF-FC’s true character is revealed. The roofline flows from front to rear in the manner of a “4-door coupe,” suggesting that this vehicle isn’t just meant for straight highways, but to also be enjoyed on twisty roads. The sporty 21-inch aluminum wheels with carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) rims, add an extra dose of flair to what is already a dynamically styled machine.
The spacious interior of the LF-FC has been designed to wrap its occupants in a comfortable yet futuristic environment, while providing the driver with a highly-functional cockpit. The cabin has been designed in two sections, top and bottom. The top conveys a sense of openness, allowing the driver to concentrate on the road ahead without feeling constrained. When seen at eye level, the front seats seem to be floating. The rear seats have been designed for those who enjoy being driven, offering a reclining feature and plenty of head and knee space. High-quality aniline leather on the seats, doors and dashboard enhances the level of luxury of the interior.
Highlighting the new technology inside the LF-FC is an advanced human machine interface that can be operated by simple hand gestures, without the need to touch a panel or controls. A small holographic image on the center console indicates where the system can interpret your hand gestures to control the audio system and ventilation.
At the heart of the LF-FC is a high output fuel cell power system that energizes the rear wheels, and also sends power to two in-wheel motors in the front, making the LF-FC all-wheel-drive. This innovative drive system allows precise torque distribution control between the front and rear wheels, giving the full-size sedan exceptional dynamic handling and superior road stability. The strategic placement of the fuel-cell stack at the rear of the vehicle, power control unit at the front and T-formation configured hydrogen fuel tanks result in front and rear weight distribution optimal for a sporty sedan.
Using automated driving technologies, with elevated traffic environment recognition, prediction, and judgment function, the LF-FC provides a safe and efficient driving experience for its occupants and supports the vision of a world without traffic accidents.
LEXUS LF-FC Specifications
Length 208.7 in. Width 78.7 in. Height 55.6 in.