The brand-new vehicle is equipped with autonomous system, features cutting-edge fuel cell system– we don’t know particularly anything about performance numbers, but the company claims its ‘child’ uses “future hydrogen fuel cell technology”–, and has indigenous look that catches everyone’s eye – I couldn’t resist but mention how beautiful the vehicle is.
3/21/16 5:00 am chumakdenis 1
There are plenty of vehicles that are worth waiting and Lexus LF-FC is one of them.
Indigenous look, advanced touchless human machine interface, automated driving technologies and all of that stuff was available in 2015 –yeap, the Lexus(the luxury division of Toyota) unveiled this baby at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. Just try to imagine how many people were mesmerized by this beauty.
I did fall in love with this beauty (like many others) and was waiting news regarding her to come ASAP.
But the more you expect for something, the higher the chance that you won’t get it –well, at least as fast as you expect it. Murphy’s Law worked,work and will continue working.
Anyway, not this time because we do have a lot of news regarding LF-LC -- did someone turn the world upside down? Leo got his very first Oscar, automakers aren’t short on the details…what a blessing.
Let’s not waste any second and start talking about it.
The LF-FC features a fresh new styling theme that embodies Lexus’ “L-finesse” design philosophy.
From every angle, the sedan is aggressively elegant, exuding the spirit of a grand touring vehicle. An evolved version of Lexus’ signature grille with a new mesh design dominates the front while floating “L-shaped” daytime running lights (DRL) extrude flawlessly from the front fenders.
The rear is highlighted by striking new taillights that adopt the same floating theme as the DRL. When seen from its profile, the LF-FC’s true character is revealed.
The roofline flows from front to rear in the manner of a “4-door coupe,” suggesting that this vehicle isn’t just meant for straight highways, but to also be enjoyed on twisty roads.
The sporty 21-inch aluminum wheels with carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) rims, add an extra dose of flair to what is already a dynamically styled machine.
The spacious interior of the LF-FC has been designed to wrap its occupants in a comfortable yet futuristic environment while providing the driver with a highly-functional cockpit. The cabin has been designed in two sections, top and bottom. The top conveys a sense of openness, allowing the driver to concentrate on the road ahead without feeling constrained. When seen at eye level, the front seats seem to be floating. The rear seats have been designed for those who enjoy being driven, offering a reclining feature and plenty of head and knee space. High-quality aniline leather on the seats, doors and dashboard
When seen at eye level, the front seats seem to be floating. The rear seats have been designed for those who enjoy being driven, offering a reclining feature and plenty of head and knee space. High-quality aniline leather on the seats, doors and dashboard enhances the level of luxury of the interior.
Highlighting the new technology inside the LF-FC is an advanced human-machine interface that can be operated by simple hand gestures, without the need to touch a panel or controls. A small holographic image on the center console indicates where the system can interpret your hand gestures to control the audio system and ventilation.
Cutting edge fuel cell power system
At the heart of the LF-FC is located a high output fuel cell power system that energizes the rear wheels, and also sends power to two in-wheel motors in the front, making the LF-FC all-wheel-drive. This innovative drive system allows precise torque distribution control between the front and rear wheels, giving the full-size sedan exceptional dynamic handling and superior road stability. The strategic placement of the fuel-cell stack at the rear of the vehicle, power control unit at the front and T-formation configured hydrogen fuel tanks result in front and rear weight distribution optimal for a sporty sedan.
We don't really believe that large quantities of hydrogen can be created without inputting huge amounts of energy through electrolysis or steam reforming from fossil fuels, but the end result does have benefits over battery-electric vehicles: namely quicker 'filling' times and potentially greater range. Lexus notes that a fuel cell vehicle's energy efficiency is twice that of current petrol and diesel engines.
A suite of safety systems – including traffic environment recognition, prediction and judgment functions – help whisk driver and passengers to their destinations with minimal effort. Several controls are operated using hand gestures rather than touch while images for the navigation, air conditioning and multimedia systems are projected into the air above the center console.
Naturally, automated driving functions are also included - a suite of technologies including five radar units, a stereo camera, and six LIDAR sensors monitor the area around the car.
Length - 208.7 in.
Width - 78.7 in.
Height - 55.6 in.
The only thing we don't know about the vehicle is its exact date of production and price.
Of course, there are plenty of rumors about it – I've heard on the grapevine that LF-FC will cost around 150 grand and it will be available as soon as late 2016 –, but don't forget: these things are just rumors and the probability of them being true is quite low.
Hence, let's keep patient and wait more news from Lexus regarding this beauty.
"Lexus wants to surprise and evoke emotion with its distinctive design and forward-thinking technology. For us, it is more than just a car; we want to exceed conventional imagination. The LF-FC expresses our progressive luxury and high-tech vision of a not-so-distant future,"-told Tokuo Fukuichi, Lexus International President.