Lexus may be one step closer to confirming a new flagship coupe model, if we are to correctly read infer from comments made by Lexus US boss Jeff Bracken.
Speaking with Reuters, Bracken offered a strong hint that a new model was in the works.
“We need a flagship – it doesn’t have to be a sedan,” Mr Bracken said.
Bracken would not confirm that the new flagship model is a coupe, but a pair of trademark applications last year suggest the carmaker could already be well-advanced with such plans.
Lexus grabbed the rights to ‘LC 500’ and ‘LC 500h’, with the LC likely to represent ‘Luxury Coupe’ in the way that LS stands for Luxury Saloon.
A future LC model is believed to be based on the LS and will share its rear-wheel-drive platform, but a separate report suggested styling would closely mirror that of the LF-LC concept (pictured).
The ‘h’ model will obviously be a hybrid – perhaps the 3.5 litre V6 powerplant seen in the RX 450h – while the LC 500 may feature the 285kW/493Nm quad-cam 4.6 litre V8 from its LS 460 sibling.
“In addition to the LS, there could be another flagship in our line-up,” Bracken said. “We’ll define what it is in January.”
The LC could target the likes of BMW’s 6 Series, the S-Class coupe from Mercedes-Benz or even the Infiniti Q60.
A convertible version could follow the coupe, as the LF-C2 convertible concept followed the LF-LC coupe, but Lexus is yet to announce any future production plans for the LF-C2.
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