Lexus LF-FC concept revealed: “Progressive luxury” styling showcased in Tokyo

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Lexus has pulled the wraps from the latest in its long-running ‘LF’ concept series, this time in the form of the long and loaded LF-FC limousine. The four-seat concept’s coming was first confirmed last week, but reports over the past year had hinted at plans to unveil a large hydrogen-fuelled luxury car – a description that perfectly matches the LF-FC’s intent. Those reports had suggested that this new concept would preview a successor to the large LS limo as the brand’s new flagship luxury car, but, while it would take little to imagine such a move, Lexus has yet to confirm plans on that front. If the LF-FC does enter as a new rival to the likes of Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class and the BMW 7 Series, its four-door coupe styling would represent a clear leap beyond the more traditional shape of the current 10 year-old LS. Wrapped around the LF-FC concept’s fuel-cell technology is a look that Lexus describes as “progressive luxury”, highlighting the ongoing evolution of the brand’s now well-known ‘L-Finesse’ styling language. Book-ending both ends of the concept’s relatively straightforward coupe-like profile is the far more wild styling that is now de rigueur for the Japanese luxury brand. At the front, that means the ever-widening ‘spindle’ grille that features on all Lexus models, flanked by sharp LED headlights, hooked daytime lamps and tall outboard intakes. At the rear, tail lights similar in concept to the early and supremely popular LF-LC coupe concept are featured, with long arrow-like lights gripped by long satin-silver garnishes. A simultaneously futuristic and classical design stands out in the LF-FC’s interior, with wood, leather and satin silver highlights featuring throughout. A series of long display screens dominate the dash, running across the full length of the top section and wrapping behind the deep-set instrument cluster and extravagant steering wheel. A standout feature is the holographic display in the centre section, highlighting the capacity to accommodate hand gestures to control the vehicle’s infotainment functions. If the LF-LC makes its way to production, buyers can likely expect the interior to see the most significant changes. Lexus has been less forthcoming with details of the concept’s hydrogen-fuelled drive system, although it describes a rear-mounted fuel-cell arrangement and “power control unit” at the front. MORE: Lexus news, reviews, pricing and specs