Geneva: 2016 Lexus LC 500h

Geneva: 2016 Lexus LC 500h

Lexus will travel to next month’s Geneva Auto Show to unveil a hybrid version of the recently-introduced 2017 LC coupe.

The Toyota-owned car maker hasn’t published technical details yet, so all we know for sure at this point is that the coupe is called LC 500c and that it will usher in the next generation of Lexus’ hybrid technology. Australian website Motoring has learned from company sources that the drivetrain will be made up of a 3.5-liter V6 engine tuned to deliver 308 horsepower and a small electric motor rated at 217 ponies. Together, the two power sources could generate over 470 horsepower.

Visually, the LC 500h is identical to the V8-powered LC 500 save for discreet “hybrid” emblems placed right in front of the rear wheels. Interior pictures aren’t available yet, but it’s safe to assume the cabin is carried over from the V8-powered model with only minor modifications such as a hybrid-specific infotainment system and a new gauge cluster.

More details about the 2016 Lexus LC 500h — including what’s lurking under the hood — will be announced during the Geneva show. The LC 500h will go on sale a few months after its Geneva debut as a 2017 model, and the hybrid drivetrain is widely expected to make its way under the hood of the next-generation LS.

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