Tokyo Motor Show 2015: The Full-size Lexus LS-FC Is A Helluva Boat For A Flagship

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
tokyo motor show 2015 the full size lexus ls fc is a helluva boat for a flagship

Lexus took the wraps off its LS Concept in Tokyo on Tuesday to showcase the automaker’s big plans for its flagship sedan.

The car — which is about as long as a 1995 Cadillac DeVille Concours — boasts a hydrogen power plant to drive all of its wheels, an “advanced human interface” to recognize hand gestures, and a spindle grille the size of Rhode Island.

The concept shows the direction Lexus designers may take for its future full-size sedan, including floating L-shaped lights in front and back.

According to the automaker, many of the car’s styling cues could make it into the production version of the LS, which is slated to arrive sooner rather than later to catch up with competitors such as Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW, who’ve all introduced new versions of their full-size sedans within the last four years.

“Lexus wants to surprise and evoke emotion with its distinctive design and forward-thinking technology. For us, it is more than just a car, and we should exceed conventional imagination. The LF-FC expresses our progressive luxury and high-tech vision of a not so distant future,” Tokuo Fukuichi, Lexus International President, said in a statement.

In its concept, Lexus’ sedan exhibits more coupe-like proportions than the automaker has shown. The gently sloping windshield and long hood aren’t reciprocated in the rear quarter (which borrows a lot from the IS, I say).

Although the hydrogen powertrain and massive tail lights may not make it into a future sedan, it’s likely that interior details and the Lexus LS-FC’s overall shape could survive into the production model.

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  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Nov 02, 2015

    Herringbone wood trim, like an old Victorian house! Other than that, I'd leave the rest. Too close to the Mirai.

  • WildcatMatt WildcatMatt on Nov 13, 2015

    There's a 1959 Invicta calling, it wants its grille back. DO NOT ANGER THE '59 BUICK!

  • Inside Looking Out This is actually the answer to the question I asked not that long ago.
  • Inside Looking Out Regarding "narrow windows" - the trend is that windows will eventually be replaced by big OLED screens displaying some exotic place or may even other planet.
  • Robert I have had 4th gen 1996 model for many years and enjoy driving as much now as when I first purchased it - has 190 hp variant with just the right amount of power for most all driving situations!
  • ToolGuy Meanwhile in Germany...
  • Donald More stuff to break god I love having a nanny in my truck... find a good tuner and you can remove most of the stupid stuff they add like this and auto park when the doors open stupid stuff like that