New Lexus Hybrid Takes Different Design Direction


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Lexus has unveiled more details about its rather striking upcoming RC Coupe, which it first announced just prior to the Tokyo Motor Show. Though pricing information was not made available, we do know the RC 300h hybrid variant of this luxury car will have quite the zip when it hits the roads in 2014.

The RC 300h, according to Lexus, makes use of “a dual-injected 2.5-liter four cylinder engine with a 105kW electric motor driven through an electronic continuously variable transmission with six step gears in a sequential shift-matic feature.” No fuel economy information or performance specifications were mentioned, but it is known this rear wheel hybrid will have 217 total horsepower.

image via Lexus

image via Lexus

Toyota’s luxury brand, with this new hybrid, is aiming to “raise the brand’s profile with a broader audience and new-to-Lexus customers.” It is something Toyota hopes will inject “emotional appeal into the Lexus DNA that is synonymous with build quality, refinement and reliability.” Its designers, to this end, created for the RC “deeply contoured lines never before seen in the Lexus line-up,” among other unique design touches.

On the interior, meanwhile,

the driver’s cockpit is divided into operational and display zones. The upper zone houses the instrument panel and a seven-inch navigation screen while a layered center console integrates a new Lexus-first Remote Touch Interface.

The seats utilize an integrated foaming construction method, much like the molding of racing seats, to ensure optimum occupant comfort and support which is important in a sport coupe.

Among other unique features, the RC will also be the first Lexus to adopt revised blind spot technology “which detects vehicles that are approaching from behind at a higher speed and from a greater distance than is covered by the current system.”

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