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2019 Lexus RC Debuts in Paris with Hot, LC-inspired Looks

2019 Lexus RC Debuts in Paris with Hot, LC-inspired Looks

Significant changes on the outside, the same engines

After four years on the market, the first-generation Lexus RC went through a comprehensive restyling. Spotted many times on public roads in 2018, the Japanese coupe finally made its production debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

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2020 Lexus RC

2020 Lexus RC

Revised exterior, same engines

Introduced in 2014 as a spiritual successor to the SC, the RC is Lexus’ modern take on German luxury coupes like the BMW 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, and Audi A5. Four years old as of 2018, the RC was updated to mid-cycle specs for 2019 and showcased at the Paris Motor Show.

Somewhat surprisingly given what was revealed through spy shots, the facelifted RC boasts significant upgrades on the outside. Lexus also improved the interior with premium features and revised the chassis for a sportier ride. Overall, the Japanese used the bigger LC coupe as inspiration, but skipped the drivetrain department, leaving the old engines unchanged.

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Lexus UX Concept Showcases Vision for an "Inside-Out" Future

Lexus UX Concept Showcases Vision for an "Inside-Out" Future

Also previews the company’s upcoming Audi Q2 fighter

Lexus joined this year’s Paris Motor Show with no fewer than four vehicles, but none is as intriguing as the UX Concept. Essentially a preview for the company’s upcoming compact crossover, which will slot under the NX and compete against the newly-launched Audi Q2, the UX Concept also showcases some of Lexus’ future styling language. The Japanese brand calls it "inside-out" and describes it as a "synergy between exterior and interior styling" represented by an "X-shaped movement in the architecture from the cabin outwards and vice-versa."

Sounds pretty confusing huh? Well, in order to make it simple, let’s skip the PR talk and have a closer look at the UX’s design.

The first thing that catches the eye is massive "Spindle" grille up front. Granted, this isn’t a new feature, but if you look closely you’ll notice that its quite different from the element seen on production cars. First, the mesh is new and features a spectacular 3D-like layout that makes the grille look like it’s wearing hedgehog spines. Second, the upper arms extend well into the hood, giving the engine more room to breathe on top of making the front fascia seen downright menacing.

Another feature we have yet to see on production Lexus cars are the way the front fenders flow seamlessly into the cabin to form housings for the screens that display images from door-mounted cameras. The wheel arches are also incredibly muscular, while the the rear fenders are shaped like an armored truck. Granted, we probably won’t see a production UX with such aggressive lines, but some of these features could make it into dealerships in a less exaggerated form. The rear is also pretty wild with its high-mounted red LED strips and big, rectangular exhaust pipes.

Inside, the UX Concept looks like a spaceship. The cabin is made of organic design features that look as if they could catch life in any given moment. The spaceship-like atmosphere is also fed by the blue displays in the dashboard and center console. I can’t decide whether it’s cool or scary, but this interior definitely won’t be approved for production anytime soon.

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Cosmetic Improvements Put The Spotlight On The Lexus NX Sport

Cosmetic Improvements Put The Spotlight On The Lexus NX Sport

Care for some blacked-out panels on your Lexus NX?

The Lexus NX Sport has arrived at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and just like the Lexus CT and IS before it, the NX comes to the event wearing the “Sport” trim. Lexus touts the NX Sport trim as a unique variant of its crossover model, largely because of the exterior and interior modifications the model has been given to showcase a more aggressive side to the NX. In a nutshell, it’s still an NX, but it’s a sportier and more menacing looking NX that comes with an inherent confidence about itself.

Subtle cosmetic upgrades is the name of the game with the NX Sport. The exterior, for instance, gets a blacked-out front spindle grille and grille frame, which strikes a far more imposing visual appeal than its chrome counterpart. The crossover’s mirror housings have also been finished in black, and the special set of 18-inch black alloy wheels finish off the exterior additions to the NX’s makeup. Move inside the cabin of the NX and you’ll be greeted with a few silver inserts and a leather upholstery that can be dressed in either black or a unique fabric that Lexus is exclusively offering for the Sport trim.

The Sport trim will be available for both the NX 200t and the NX 300h. Current owners of either variant can also oder the Sport package if they so desire. Just don’t expect anything more than the promised upgrades on the exterior and interior. The Lexus NX Sport is all about the giving the NX a fresher and sportier look, both in the body and in the cabin. Nothing more, nothing less.

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2016 Lexus UX Concept

2016 Lexus UX Concept

It’s a Lexus spaceship on wheels

The Paris Auto Show is right around the corner, so new car and concept announcements are flying off our printers at record speed. Lexus already gave us a teaser shot of the UX Concept that is set to be the highlight of its stand in Paris, but the luxury brand has finally dropped more details about it and given us a good look at the interior. In Lexus’ original release, it said that the concept showcases "imaginative technologies for an immersive driver experience, while the interior marries traditional craftsmanship with high-tech manufacturing techniques." The first part of that statement is right, but after looking at the inside, there’s nothing traditional about that craftsmanship. In fact, it’s the most futuristic concept that we’ve seen in quite a while.

When I say futuristic, I’m not just talking about technology. There is a lot of that, and this model does have a few holograms inside, but the overall design of the cabin itself is out of this world. It looks like a combination of a personal space shuttle and a futuristic race car all tied together.

Stephan Rasmussen, a designer at the ED2 European Design Center, said, “Our brief was to create a new genre of compact crossover; a vehicle that could create something unique from a customer’s point of view—an innovative, three-dimensional, fully immersive user experience.”

Well give him credit, as this concept is about as unique as you can get, and it’s definitely three-dimensional. Does it preview a compact SUV of the future as Lexus says it does? Maybe in the distant future, but let’s dive on in and take a better look.

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Stylish Gaming Chair, or the Next Evolution in Automotive Seats?

Stylish Gaming Chair, or the Next Evolution in Automotive Seats?

It’s one funky looking seat

We’re approaching auto show season, and as such, we’re about to get all of the new car and concept debuts that our hearts desire. However, every year, without fail, there’s at least a few automakers that show up to one auto show or another with something that is just stupid, lazy, or a flat out gargantuan waste of money. I’m probably one of the harshest critics in the world in this department, so naturally, I’m already looking for things criticize at the Paris Auto Show later this month. So far, I haven’t found much, but Lexus just announced a new Kinetic Seat Concept that could very well be one of those things. I’m not dogging it yet since I haven’t actually sat in one, but let’s take a look at what we already know about it.

The idea behind the seat is that the seat itself moves with you, absorbing the kinetic energy that typically moves our bodies – or more specifically our head and neck – when we drive. According to Lexus, this helps to keep the field of vision steady, reducing the burden on those inside the car and making it more comfortable overall. As you can see from the images, the seat is composed of a frame and a web-like material that serves as the upholstery. Shaped like a spider web, this material apparently makes sitting in the vehicle for long periods of time more comfortable.

The material that makes up the cushion and backrest is being called “synthetic spider silk” by Lexus and is actually derived from petroleum. Created through microbial fermentation, the material becomes a protein and is ultimately spun and processed into the material you see here. It apparently offers superior shock absorbance, but we’ll hold judgement on that until we actually get to experience the seat for ourselves.

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Lexus Announces UX Concept For 2016 Paris Motor Show

Lexus Announces UX Concept For 2016 Paris Motor Show

Likely previews Audi Q2 competitor

The 2016 Paris Motor Show is just around the corner and automakers are busy announcing their latest production and concept cars for Europe’s second-biggest auto show of the year. The latest to unveil its plans for Paris is Lexus, which will be attending the event with the UX Concept, the refreshed IS, the new NX Sport Edition, and its brand-new flagship coupe, the LC. Arguably the most exciting vehicle from this list is the UX Concept, which will make its global debut and will most likely introduce us to some of the company’s upcoming technologies.

The UX will also give us a preview of Lexus’ upcoming compact crossover that will slot under the NX. How do we know that? Well, Toyota recently trademarked the UX200, UX250, and UX250h names with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, all three being denominations for trim levels available with other products. The trademarks suggest a three-drivetrain lineup consisting of two gasoline, four-cylinder engines and a hybrid model. The UX will compete against the newly-launched Audi Q2.

Lexus didn’t have much to say about the concept car in its preliminary press release, but the sole photo of the crossover available as of this writing provides a few hints about what we’re going to see in Paris. The UX seems to borrow much of its stance from the NX, but every single body feature is exaggerated, especially the beefed up wheel arches, the massive wheels and rear bumper, and the thin taillights that have some sort of fins toward the edges. There’s no front view of the car, but based on previous Lexus concepts, the UX likely sports a massive Spindle grille and a pair of thin headlamps atop a big, aggressive bumper.

Speaking about its design, Lexus said that the UX Concept takes the company’s "bold design language to the next level" and that "its strongly differentiated identity is meant to appeal to a progressive, urban audience living in a connected environment." If you’re heard this before, it’s because it is the standard PR talk that comes with compact crossovers lately, especially if they are of the premium variety. But I don’t blame Lexus for this cliche, as such small SUVs are indeed more suitable for young drivers that want loads of state-of-the-art technology in a small package.

The Japanese brand also mentions that the concept showcases "imaginative technologies for an immersive driver experience, while the interior marries traditional craftsmanship with high-tech manufacturing techniques." I guess we’ll find out what that means when the Paris Motor Show kicks off on September 29.

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2012 Lexus LF-CC Concept

2012 Lexus LF-CC Concept

A few days ago, Lexus announced that they would be headed to the 2012 Paris Auto Show with a new concept car, and as promised, the company has released the first details and images on this new concept ahead of schedule. The new LF-CC is an evolution of the LF-LC 2+2 Sports Coupe Concept which debuted at the Detroit show earlier this year, but the new concept comes with rear-wheel drive and full hybrid power.

The new Lexus LF-CC Concept displays the latest evolution of Lexus’ L-finesse design language and it also previews a new premium mid-size Lexus coupe set to be unveiled in the near future (aka the successor to the SC sports coupe). The concept features the same powertrain that will be used in the eventual production version, which is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder DOHC petrol engine combined with a compact, high-output electric motor which takes its power from a high-performance battery. Specifications for the new hybrid system will be announced at a later date.

UPDATE 09/20/2012: Following the release of the first official details on the new Lexus LF-CC Concept, the first promo video of the concept has been released. Stay tuned as all of the official details will follow at the 2012 Paris Auto Show next week!.

UPDATE 11/30/2012: In a recent interview with AutoCar, a senior Lexus engineer confirmed that the company is indeed planning a production version of the LF-CC and it will arrive on the market in 2015. The LF-CC will fill the gap left by the previous SC model, which was discontinued in 2010. The production version of the LF-CC will be offered in both coupe and convertible versions, and will be built on the same platform as the new IS and GS models. We’re not too sure if the LF-CC will look identical to the concept model, but we anticipate that it won’t be too far from it. (AutoCar)

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Lexus is heading to Paris and Bringing a new Concept along

Lexus is heading to Paris and Bringing a new Concept along

Car manufacturers love nothing more than to get us all talking about their latest concept. It makes them even more happy when there is an aura of mystery around it. Well, Toyota is one that loves pulling this stunt (See: over-dramatized 2013 Avalon release). This time around, Lexus, Toyota’s luxury arm, has chosen to remain even more secretive than its older cousin.

This new mystery for us to solve is the upcoming introduction of a new concept car at the Paris Motor Show. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait the full time to catch a glimpse of the new Lexus, as the luxury automaker has promised to release its first images on September 17th.

If Lexus is anything like its parent company, these images will likely be as nondescript as possible and not really reveal anything. Using our magical speculation meters, we are guessing that this will end up being the concept that the next-gen IS will be based off of. If so, we really can’t wait to find out what’s under the hood, as we are anticipating a nasty twin-boosted V-6 to grace the IS-F’s engine compartment.

Given the next-gen IS is about a year or two away, this makes sense for it to still be a concept car. We’ll definitely find out a lot more when Lexus decides to release some images. Hopefully they are enough to at least clue us in on whether it is the new IS lineup or not.

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2011 More details on the 2011 Lexus IS

2011 More details on the 2011 Lexus IS

Lexus unveiled the current generation IS back in 2005 and, in its 5 years of history, this is the first time the model gets a real facelift. The official debut will be made at the Paris Auto Show and sales are to begin in early 2011.

For 2011, all IS models come equipped with high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, gain LED daytime running lights, receive new wheels and rear light designs, and a revised choice of exterior colors.

The IS 200d comes to replace the 220d and is powered by a new 2.2-liter diesel with an output of 148 HP. Also for 2011, the IS 250C will only be offered as an automatic model. Under the hood there will be the same 205 HP V6 engine, but with improved fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

And finally, the top version, the IS F-Sport, is heavily inspired by the ultra-high-performance IS F. It gets a new deep front spoiler with faired-in fog lights, new grille design, and a rear spoiler with integrated stop light. On the interior Lexus will offer F-Sport steering wheel, gear lever and sports pedals, and front seats finished in leather and Alcantara.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Lexus IS250 and IS350 Convertible

2010 Lexus IS250 and IS350 Convertible

When Lexus unveiled the IS C in 2008 at the Paris Motor Show they had in mind models like Audi A5 Cabrio, BMW 3-series Convertible, but also Volvo C70. And it seems they desire was a success, as the model easily combines the award-winning design of the IS sports saloon with outstanding open-top engineering ingenuity.

The IS Convertible is offered in two different versions: IS250 and IS350. The IS250C is powered by the same engine as the sedan version: the 2.5-liter V6 delivering 205 hp. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The IS350 is powered by a 3,6 liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 306 hp.

The IS 250C uses the front double wishbone and multink rear suspension format from the IS sedan range to give, which means it should have the same spirited drive as the sedan. Lexus says there are significant chassis revisions to handle the structural differences that comes with the loss of the roof.

The 2010 IS250C has a MSRP of $39,440 when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission; the IS250C with a six-speed automatic transmission will be $40,610. The IS350C will have a MSRP of $44,890.

UPDATE 08/19/2010: Check out our review of the IS250C by clicking here!

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Lexus IS

2009 Lexus IS

Lexus unveiled at the Paris Auto Show the revised 2009 IS line-up that includes many small additions that add up to significant improvements in the car. The version shown in Paris is obviously the European model, but it is likely the same revisions will also make it to North America.

The updated IS model range features a revised front grille and bumper design. Also new power folding door mirrors now feature integral LED side turn indicators. There are new 17” and 18” alloy wheel designs. The new IS range is available in ten body colors including two new colors: Amber Mica and Truffle Mica.

On the technical side, the engine undercover has been redesigned to optimise airflow under the vehicle floor. The new design increases negative pressure under the car and generates more downforce. Revisions to the transmission shift pattern have yielded a CO2 emission cut by 8 to 3 percent depending on model.

Press release after the jump.

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Lexus IS Coupe-Cabriolet to be revealed at the Paris auto Show

Lexus IS Coupe-Cabriolet to be revealed at the Paris auto Show

Yesterday thefirst details on the 2009 Lexus IS sedan surfaced on the internet. Today, thanks to CarScoop, we can confirm that the coupe-cabrio version will also be revealed at the Paris Auto Show. Although the open-top version will first be revealed as a concept, the car is expected to go into production with only minor changes.

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2009 Lexus IS facelift first official details

2009 Lexus IS facelift first official details

The Lexus Japanese page, today revealed first details on the 2009 IS facelift. The Japanese debut will be made on September 9th, while world debut is set for the Paris Auto Show.

The IS facelift also comes with minor changes, such as the VDIM handling system standard on the IS250 and aluminum wheels (17 inches, 18 inches).

More details are soon to follow.

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Lexus IS facelift - spy shots

Lexus IS facelift - spy shots

Lexus will unveil a facelift version of the IS compact this autumn at the Paris Motor Show.

The facelift include some minor visual tweaks centering on the front end – hence the disguise around this prototype’s snout.

Lexus will also revise the range structure, with a simpler model ladder and we hear the current range of engines (a 2.5- and 5.0-litre petrol, plus 2.2-litre turbodiesel) will be only lightly revised.

Lexus expects to sell around 8000 units a year.

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Lexus at Paris Motor Show

Lexus at Paris Motor Show

The LS 600h owes its name to the fact that its V8 5.0-litre petrol engine coupled with a hybrid powertrain comfortably matches the performance of normally-aspirated V12 engines. The blue ‘h’ signature identifies all Lexus models featuring Lexus Hybrid Drive. Building on the strengths of the LS 460 and its innovations in preventive safety, engine refinement and manufacturing quality, the ‘L’ of the LS 600h L indicates the long-wheelbase version.
This is 12 cm longer than the standard car, (...)

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