The upcoming fifth generation Lexus LS flagship sedan has been previewed by a new concept car called Lexus LF-FC at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The flamboyant concept car, is not just any regular concept, it’s a fuel cell concept. The concept’s new styling theme that incorporates the Japanese luxury brand’s “L-finesse” design philosophy. It is 5,300 mm (208.7 in.) long, 2,000 mm (78.7 in.) wide and 1,410 mm (55.6 in.) tall.
The aggressive design with the typically grand and bold front fascia featuring mighty LED eyes and L-shaped daytime running lights, those sharp curves and the sleek side profile like that of a 4-door coupe, and the expressive rear-end with floating tail lights, Lexus is making a daring statement that the Lexus LS will undoubtedly give the Audi R8 and its German alikes a run for their money.
The futuristic interior boasts an advanced human interface that can be operated without any touch panel or controls, simply by hand gestures. There’s a small holographic image on the centre console to indicate the person willing to operate the system to control audio system and ventilation where the system can interpret his/her hand gestures. Automated driving technologies make driving safe, efficient and relaxing.
Powering the ostentatious concept car, is a high output fuel cell power system that directs power to rear wheels while also sending power to two in-wheel electric motors front. This setup not only makes the concept car an all-wheel drive vehicle, but also allows precise torque distribution control between the front and rear wheels in order to give unmatched dynamic handling and superior road stability. For optimal front and rear weight distribution, the fuel-cell stack is placed at the rear, the power control unit is placed at the front and the hydrogen tanks have been fitted in T-formation.
The next-gen Lexus LS is expected to arrive in H2 2016 and would be offered with both petrol engine as well as a hybrid drive system. As for the fuel cell concept, it will reportedly be seen in production guise, as a variant of the LS sedan.
The press release has been embedded below the image gallery.