Lexus LC Convertible to make Detroit debut

Concept drop-top expected to evolve into 2020 production model.

Would you like to stay up to date with the latest from The Car Expert?

Lexus will unveil a convertible version of its flagship LC coupe at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month.

The LC Convertible is being presented at a concept model, pitched as an indicator of the future direction of Lexus styling.

However, most Lexus concepts evolve into road cars and the Detroit concept includes no elements that would be considered impractical on a production model. Industry observers predict that the drop-top will go on sale in 2020, taking on the Porsche 911 Cabriolet and Ferrari Portofino.

The creators of the LC Convertible describe the car as an aspirational, halo vehicle for the entire Lexus brand.

“This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible,” says chief designer Tadao Mori. “It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible.”

Currently, few technical details of the car are being released. It is exactly the same size as the coupe, with the same 2+2 seating layout.

   

Lexus LC Convertible The Car Expert

Whether the roof will be fabric or metal has not been stated, while there is also no information as to the folding mechanism. However, the car does boast a contoured rear deck, which is clearly designed to accommodate the roof under its deck panel.

Lexus clearly expects the car to be a performance model, with the Detroit concept displayed on 22-inch wheels.

Much attention has been paid to the cabin, which is fitted with seats finished in white leather with yellow accents.

“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,” says Mori.

Lexus LC Convertible The Car Expert

For the best independent and impartial car buying advice on the internet, always check with The Car Expert:

  • Subscribe to our newsletter for weekly tips and the latest offers from car manufacturers
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see our latest articles as soon as we publish them
  • Bookmark our site so you can check back regularly
Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

The Car Expert Gold Partners

(click each logo to read more)

Latest articles

Hyundai Tucson gains sports-pitched N-Line variant

Hyundai has added a new N-Line trim level to its mid-sized crossover, the Tucson, ahead of its planned full N performance version.

Suzuki hybrid to be built in Toyota’s UK plant

Toyota is joining forces with Suzuki to build a hybrid car for the fellow Japanese brand at its factory in Derbyshire.

The best used V6 cars for under £10,000

The V6 engine has featured in all manner of cars over the years, but which are the ones can you now buy for under £10,000?

Crossover to become fourth Kia Ceed variant

Kia has provided a glimpse of the new Ceed crossover that will be revealed later this year, becoming the fourth variant in the brand's family car range.

New Bentley Continental GT V8 revealed

Bentley has revealed the latest V8 variant of its Continental GT and GT Convertible, which will go on sale alongside the W12 version launched last year.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

+ 16 = 24

Be the first to know

Would you like to stay up to date with The Car Expert?

More new and updated cars

Crossover to become fourth Kia Ceed variant

Kia has provided a glimpse of the new Ceed crossover that will be revealed later this year, becoming the fourth variant in the brand's family car range.

New Bentley Continental GT V8 revealed

Bentley has revealed the latest V8 variant of its Continental GT and GT Convertible, which will go on sale alongside the W12 version launched last year.

New Tesla Model Y electric crossover unveiled

Tesla has unveiled the new Model Y – a seven-seat electric crossover that will serve as the Model 3’s slightly bulkier sibling.

Skoda Scala replaces Rapid at prices from £16.6K

The Skoda Scala arrives on UK roads in summer 2019, replacing the Rapid as the Czech brand's Focus-rivalling family hatch.

Toyota Camry returns to UK as a £30K hybrid

Toyota has announced prices for its hybrid Camry saloon, marking the return of the model to the UK after 14 years away.

Geneva: The wild, the wacky and the wonderful

The most powerful, most way-out and most odd all feature among the many cars on display at the Geneva Motor Show.