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Lexus LC Convertible to make Detroit debut

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

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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.

   

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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.

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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.

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