A bold, gold, open-air coupe may not be the ticket to automotive nirvana for every consumer, but Lexus’ LF-C2 concept car certainly turned heads at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. What’s more, it may provide a glimpse of the luxury automaker’s future.
”It has a lot of the subtle and bold visual cues -- L-shaped taillights, headlights -- that we want to put into a lot of our designs going forward,” Maurice Durand of Lexus said. “And it’s all cued off of that spindle grille.”
Indeed, the spindle grille is the car’s most notable feature, aside from the lack of a roof. But the car is also noticeable for its steeply angled A-pillar, small vents in the side sills, fin-like rear diffusers, chrome-covered exhaust tips, and the coolest chrome wheels of any concept car around.
Inside (we use that term loosely, since there is no roof), the LF-C2 features two large electronic displays. One is an enhanced navigation display and the other offers a better view of vehicle functions. The vehicle also contains a small touchpad interface at the front console. “You run your finger along it like a mouse, and it drives all the options on your screen,” Durand said.
The rear seats are also unique. Fairings run from the trunk deck forward, to a panel that flows between seats and continues forward to the center console.
Lexus says it’s serious about bringing some form of the concept to production, but it’s not saying when that might happen.
Thumbs-up or thumbs-down? Take a look at the slideshow and tell us what you think.
The defining characteristic of Lexus’ LF-C2 concept car is the front fascia, which features a bi-texture grille with a braided L-shaped mesh beneath its vertical slats. (Source: Lexus)
I personally think the grille takes away from what I am assuming would be a more desirable sleek design. Obviously safety is not a factor here either. All in all, it looks to me like a new toy for people who don't know what to do with their extra cash. I do like how they focused on the aesthetics of lighting but when I hear the word luxury - a vehicle with no roof simply does not come to mind. Perhaps it is geared towards "sports car luxury" which usually are rather antithetical. The "unusual" chrome wheels are cool looking but so are lots of other designs on the market. No real mention is made regarding a myriad of other factors such as performance. From here: "thumbs down."
Luxury cars have forever looked daunting to me. Of course that grille makes no sense, but that isn't what should be appreciated here. Think about the changing design principles brought about by Lexus with that new grille design. Of course they knew it had to be met with challenges but they carried out the design boldly.
I agree AnandY it's about the uniqueness of the design brought forward by Lexus, not only the grille, but also the fairings that run from the deck lid to the panel between the seats, continuing on to the center console. It shows some new design ideas and this could trigger more fascinating designs in the future.
Having no roof, that must have been pretty difficult to put forward to the board members. When I think about a car, the first basic thing that comes in my mind is comfort and safety, and this car ticks the right boxes there. What it doesn't tick however, is sensibility. Lexus could have also showed off with an on board CPU and ADAS systems but they didn't. Or did they?
Like the new Camry, the front bumper looks very low and very expensive to replace when you tap the front curb in a parking space. I just had to replace the front lower bumper on my 2007 Prius (for $1,200). I can't imagine how much it will cost to replace this sucker. Also, the back seats don't look very luxurious, unless you're 4'10" or less.
A half century ago, cars were still built by people, not robots. Even on some of the country’s longest assembly lines, human workers installed windows, doors, hoods, engines, windshields, and batteries, with no robotic aid.
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