Lexus to reveal LC convertible at Detroit motor show

Lexus LC Convertible New drop-top variant of LC Coupé previews design of future models; expected to reach production in 2020

Lexus will present a convertible version of its LC coupé at the Detroit motor show on Monday (14 January), ahead of an anticipated production debut in 2020.

With a contoured rear deck designed to store a retractable roof, the convertible retains the same dimensions as the LC coupe, and looks to be as production-ready as that car. There is no indication yet of whether the model features a fabric soft-top or folding metal roof.

The LC Convertible is being positioned as a halo model for Lexus, with the company hinting that its design will serve as the inspiration for future models.

22in wheels hint at the model’s performance ambitions, while a near-identical interior featuring the same 2+2 layout as the coupé sets it up as a rival for high-end convertibles like the Porsche 911 Cabriolet and new Ferrari Portofino

Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible Concept, hinted at the concept’s potential to enter into production, affirming that a “production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways.” Autocar understands that a production LC Convertible has been prioritised over a range-topping F variant of the LC in Lexus’ product plan due to its higher potential for global sales. 

Traditionally, Lexus rarely displays a concept car without intent of an imminent market release, with examples including 2016’s radical UX concept SUV evolving into the BMW X1-sized UX crossover.

A production version of the LC Convertible is likely to be made available with both the 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 in the LC500, and 3.5-litre V6 in the LC500h hybrid variant which, coupled to a pair of electric motors, produces 354bhp. 

The LC Convertible concept can be expected to weigh more than the 1935kg coupé on which it is based, meaning a slight drop in top speed and acceleration times for a production version is likely.

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