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18:40  11 january  2019
18:40  11 january  2019 Source:   motortrend.com

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Lexus has greenlit a convertible version of the LC , according to a report from Auto Express, citing an unnamed inside source. Introducing a convertible would help Lexus better compete with German rivals who offer them in spades. Lexus previewed a drop - top with the.

A photo of Lexus 's stunning new concept coupe has leaked ahead of its Detroit premiere. Specific details are still not available, but from what we could see immediately were styling elements coming from the LFA along with the front grille of the LF-Gh concept (which is now the new GS sedan).

Lexus LC Convertible Concept Drops its Top Ahead of Detroit© Motor Trend Staff Lexus LC Convertible Concept 1

When we first sampled it, the Lexus LC coupe impressed us with its bold exterior design, unique and luxurious interior, and surprising fun-to-drive factor. Now, it looks like Lexus will soon offer that winning blend in a drop-top version, as the brand just revealed the Lexus LC Convertible concept ahead of its Detroit auto show debut.

Lexus LC Convertible Concept Drops its Top Ahead of Detroit© Automobile Magazine Staff

Though Lexus calls it a concept, this open-air grand tourer looks like it could go into production tomorrow. There are no real surprises in its design or show car flourishes that need to be toned down for production, except maybe the unnoticeably oversized 22-inch wheels. The concept looks exactly like what you'd expect from a roofless LC coupe—which is to say it looks pretty darn good. Then again, most convertibles look their sexiest with the top down, and we don't get to see the LC convertible with its top in place. That piece, which is crucial to a convertible's silhouette, remains stowed beneath the LC's reshaped rear decklid.

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A convertible version of the Lexus 2+2 has been internally approved with a company insider telling the publication that a droptop LC is a "done deal" and should see the light of day in the next 18 to 24 months.

The 2018 Lexus LC just started arriving at U.S. dealers last month and a new report is indicating it may eventually be joined by a convertible . Despite hinting at the possibility of a convertible variant, the model is far from official and McGregor said the vehicle would be a low volume even if approved.

Lexus LC Convertible Concept Drops its Top Ahead of Detroit© Automobile Magazine Staff

The interior looks just as striking and classy as it does in the coupe, though there's obviously no Alcantara headliner here. The seats and door panels are upholstered in white leather, and the black dash is accented with yellow contrast stitching. Again, things don't look too different from the LC coupe's cabin, but one big difference is that the driver of this car can enjoy a plush interior and having the wind in their hair. That is, of course, if Lexus decides to produce it.

Lexus LC Convertible Concept Drops its Top Ahead of Detroit© Automobile Magazine Staff

But a production LC convertible is looking like a very strong possibility, as Lexus hints in the press release. Not only does its chief designer, Tadao Mori, say that "a production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways," but the very first bullet point in the release says the convertible "suggests [the] future direction of the LC flagship." We'd say that means get your sunglasses and extra-hold hair gel ready.

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Lexus has revealed a second variant of its LC coupe called the the LC 500h ahead of its official debut at the 2016 Geneva auto The new variant of Lexus ’ flagship follows the V-8-powered LC 500 that was revealed by Akio Toyoda at the 2016 Detroit auto show last month. Top new car models.

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