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Lexus Previews New IS With LF-CC Concept: 2012 Paris Auto Show

Lexus has pulled off a major surprise ahead of the 2012 Paris Auto Show by revealing a striking new coupe concept that previews the styling direction of its next-generation 2014 IS and heralds a new coupe model. Dubbed the LF-CC, the new concept showcases the latest evolution of Lexus’ L-finesse design language and spindle grille and has already been confirmed for production.

The LF-CC’s reveal reaffirms yet again CEO Akio Toyoda’s promise to introduce sportier and more emotional designs, and its eventual market launch will plug one of several gaping holes in the automaker’s lineup: the reasonably priced luxury coupe segment currently dominated by the likes of the BMW 3-Series Coupe and new Mercedes-Benz C Class Coupe.

As the images confirm, the LF-CC’s grille is the most aggressive variation of Lexus’ spindle design we’ve seen yet. Framed by the hood’s leading edge, the deep lower spoiler and projecting front fender tips, the grille mesh is encased in a deep, metal-finish surround and takes on a very aggressive form.

The taut bodywork is reminiscent of the skin of the LFA supercar, while at the rear we can clearly see inspiration from the previous LF-LC concept. The lights, meanwhile, are all LED units.

With the new LF-CC already confirmed for production, and a second, high-end sports concept set to debut at the 2012 Australian Motor Show next month, it looks like performance fans are in for a treat. 

Stay tuned for more details and all the live images once the 2012 Paris Auto Show kicks off on September 27.

(c) 2012, High Gear Media.



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