Lexus, Toyota’s luxury wing, unveiled the LC coupe at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit three years ago. Since then, its design team has been exploring how the brand can evolve. Its latest vision will be revealed at the 2019 NAIAS on Monday (14 January) with the world debut of the Lexus LC Convertible Concept.
“This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible,” said Tadao Mori, Chief Designer of the LC Convertible Concept. “It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible.”
Long, low and lean, the LC Convertible Concept retains the LC coupe’s athletic proportions. The shape evolved naturally from the original LC design, yet it has its own, distinct identity. It combines Japanese aesthetics with the promise of the kind of driving experience that only a convertible can provide.
“A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways. You would see its dynamic lines as you approach, hear its engine when you start it up and feel everything around you once on the road. It would engage the senses in an exciting way, every time you get behind the wheel,” said Mori.