When Lexus unveiled the LC coupe in Detroit two years ago, it raised the bar on the brand’s creative ambitions to a dramatic new height. Now, with the introduction of the LC Convertible Concept at the North American International Show on Monday, you could say the sky’s the limit — both literally and figuratively.
This concept vehicle is simply stunning from every angle, blending distinctively Japanese aesthetics with the pure joy of open-air driving. If it were to be translated into a production vehicle, it would immediately become the new aspirational halo vehicle for the entire Lexus product lineup.
Chief Designer Tadao Mori says his objective was to blend the best aspects of the LC coupe with the dynamic design of a convertible. As such, the concept retains the original’s athletic proportions, from the rake of the windshield to the smooth contours of the rear decklid that houses the retractable top. Similarly, its short overhangs, 22-inch wheels and wide stance leave no doubt that this vehicle isn’t all show.
The deep emotional connection carries through to the interior, from the comfort of its tailored seats to the feel of every switch and button. White leather cabin trim and yellow accent stitching adds a pop of color without distracting from the refined subtlety of the overall design.
Will a production version of this amazing concept one day make its way to a place of prominence on the showroom floor of Lexus dealerships across the country? That remains to be seen.
But Mori can certainly envision it.
“An LC convertible would be exhilarating in so many ways,” he says. “You would see its dynamic lines as you approach, hear its engine when you started it up and feel everything around you once on the road. It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting very time you got behind the wheel.”
To learn more, check out what some members of the automotive media on hand in Detroit had to say about it:
Car and Driver
By Dan Miller