2018 Lexus LC 500h
Lexus will unveil a hybrid version of its stunning LC coupe at next month’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The Toyota luxury brand has released the first photos of the car, which is designated an LC 500h and confirmed to have a next-generation hybrid system.
The new hybrid system drops the Hybrid Synergy Drive moniker of Lexus’ previous technology in favor of the new name Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System. No details have been released but it’s thought the LC 500h will feature a V-6 engine as the internal combustion component.
Peak output is expected to eclipse the 467 horsepower of the LC 500 that debuted at the recent 2016 Detroit Auto Show. You may recall that the original concept version of the LC, the LF-LC from 2012, was said to be powered by a new hybrid drivetrain rated at over 500 hp.
The LC is based on the GA-L modular rear-wheel-drive platform that will eventually underpin most of the Lexus lineup of cars. In addition to the new Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System, the platform brings numerous advanced technologies to the table. The list includes a 10-speed automatic transmission, carbon fiber construction and new joining techniques.
The LC is due in showrooms next year, as a 2018 model.
Stay tuned for full details on this LC 500h variant. They should be coming soon as the Geneva Motor Show starts March 1. In the meantime, view our complete coverage on the Swiss show via our dedicated hub.