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Lexus has taken the wraps off the LC convertible concept just ahead of the Detroit auto show, revealing the drop-top version of the LC coupe that debuted here exactly three years ago.
The LC is the larger sibling of the RC and one of two coupes in Lexus’ lineup at the moment. It plays the role of the grand tourer in the Japanese luxury brand’s lineup and provides some competition to the likes of the BMW 6-Series, the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class and the Jaguar F-Type, at least on paper. You’ll notice that all three of those cars have cabrio variants by now, so a drop-top version of the LC was perhaps overdue.
No powertrain details
Lexus doesn’t offer powertrain details, but there doesn’t appear to be anything preventing either the existing 5.0-liter V8 or the hybrid 3.5-liter V6 from being available as a convertible. The power roof mechanism would add some weight to the car that would likely take a little away from the coupe’s acceleration and fuel economy.
The look of the convertible concept closely matches the elegant design of the standard Lexus LC coupe, with its short overhangs, massive grille on the swept-back nose and a broad, flat decklid behind the cabin. It’s unclear so far whether the roof is fabric or a folding hardtop, but either way, it appears to stow neatly beneath the car’s decklid. The four seats are finished in white leather, while 22-inch wheels give the LC a striking stance on the outside. The rest of the LC convertible’s cabin will closely match that of the coupe, with elegantly designed door panels, an asymmetrical dashboard design and a relatively clutter-free center stack with only a few hard buttons and a big infotainment screen