Lexus LC Convertible “Concept” Is Obviously Ready To Enter Production

Lexus has uncovered the LC Convertible Concept ahead of its world premiere that’s scheduled for the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, next Monday.

Claimed to have come to life as their design team was “exploring the brand’s evolution”, it’s described as “an LC in its most breathtaking form” and serves as a preview for the production model.

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

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At 4,770 mm (187.8 in) long, 1,920 mm (75.6 in) wide and 1,340 mm (52.8 in) tall, the LC Convertible is 10 mm (0.4 in) longer and sits 5 mm (0.2 in) lower than its fixed roof sibling. The wheelbase length has remained the same as the Coupe, at 2,870 mm (113 in).

Lexus chose to keep the design of the car identical to the LC Coupe – bar the folding top, of course. However, there are a few special touches, such as the black exterior trim and new 22-inch rims, as well as white leather and yellow contrast stitching inside.

For the LC Convertible, Lexus eschewed a folding hard top in favor of a much lighter soft one, which is stowed in a special compartment behind the (tiny) rear seats, which may or may not have an impact on the boot capacity. But to find out more about the open-top LC we’ll have to wait three days, when the car will be officially launched at the 2019 NAIAS.

 

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  • Bash

    Wow, if that is a concept. I don’t know what to say!

  • MarketAndChurch

    Such a work of art. As a design, it feels so natural as a convertible as if it had started life on the sketchpad as one.

    • alexxx

      Yes,art is the key word here.well done.

  • GTR nismo

    The design of this car is much better than the SC 430.

    What a beautiful car

  • StrangerGP

    Why do they bother with the back seats? Not even a midget will fit in there, just make an even better looking two seater.

    • no25

      I believe it’s for insurance purposes. Two-seaters have higher insurance costs, so a lot of brands shove two seats in the back to bypass that.

  • Craig

    HOLY COW! I was about to make a joke about Lexus – once again – putting in a ‘back seat’ and how INCREDIBLY RIDICULOUS it was in the previous version. And here they go and put one in. What the hell is up with that? Are there tax benefits in some parts of the world to being a 4 passenger convertible over a 2 passenger one? The ‘rear seats’ are the JOKE of the SC convertible. Something incredibly mock-worthy. Enough so that I would probably avoid buying one for that reason alone. [No kidding]

    • Dude

      They’re actually usable in a pinch. Will Sabel Courtney of The Drive is NBA player height and the main issue for him was head room. If you have friends or kids under 6ft you could take them places in this. Though yes the main reason to add them is for insurance.

    • Kash

      Insurance costs are typically lower when you have the rear seats as opposed to not having them, but it also helps to sell the “grand tourer” vibe that Lexus wanted this thing to have. You can put smaller suitcases like ones you’d use as carry-ons, backpacks, purses, etc. in the seats rather than in the truck or on the floorboard upfront if you’re using this on a road trip. That’s what I do when I have someone in the car with me and I have my backpack, it goes in the back seat. Also it’s perfect for my frenchie and his bed.

      • Nordschleife

        Ha ha I was just about to type where’s Kash at when you need him but I said let me look first before I posted that.

      • Craig

        It’s still silly. [even if you’re right about insurance costs] I’d rather have a built in leather bag or something. Oh well… I’m sure Lexus cares what I think!

        • Kash

          Just chalk it up to a focus group somewhere. lol. or some market analysis document that was passed across the interior designers desk. lol.

          • Craig

            Perhaps a mob of ‘little people’ crashed those focus groups. “Plenty of leg room. What are ya bitchn’ about!”

  • Yilmaz Yasar

    O think rear seat space just for fetus

  • Blade t

    I’m not into convertibles, but this concept looks great..

  • DIEN PHAM

    Drooling waiting for upgrade from 2002 sc430 with 166000 km

  • Lucas Mattos Azevedo

    Oh not again. Damn, I’m in love again!

  • TheBelltower

    If Lexus would just get rid of that downward spike in the rear tail lamp, and ditch that nightmarish grille, this thing would be very nice. The side profile looks really good, and the roofline has a low-slug exotic look with the top up.

  • cbATL

    The ass and the front match. Both are friggin hideous.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      I ain’t buying your opinion pal -_-

  • Marwan Abdul Hak

    Why not hardtop lexus..WHY? your IS and SC convertibles were elegant. I am happy with my SLK and wouldn’t change it unless Merc assure that the SLK (SLC) is living for another generation.

    • YUDHA BAGASKARA

      hardtop usage is more complicated and will cost more if it breaks

  • AstonMartin

    Such a beautiful convertible. As someone who has owned Lexus vehicles, I was not an initial fan of the LC hardtop, however, I quickly came around when i saw it in person. I just experienced the polar opposite here, I am extremely impressed by this convertible’s design that appears so graceful, natural and pure as though the LC was always meant to be a convertible. The soft top is an added plus that will gorgeous against an accent color. Despite having lost me due to the new design language, Lexus may very well reclaim my business once this production model is available.

  • Ruel Lewis

    One word, Stunning.

  • Rani

    Lexus’ most beautiful car right here.

  • Carman

    Gorgeous. Why can’t Porsche design something as beautiful as this? The 911 Cabrio looks like it’s wearing a diaper.

  • This is what the LC was meant to be, simply stunning.

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