Geneva LIVE: 2016 Lexus LC 500hby Ronan Glon
Lexus\' big coupe is going green in Switzerland.
Lexus traveled to the Geneva Auto Show to unveil a hybrid version of the recently-introduced 2017 LC coupe.
The Toyota-owned car maker hasn't published technical details yet, so all we know for sure at this point is that the coupe is called LC 500c and that it will usher in the next generation of Lexus' hybrid technology. Australian website Motoring has learned from company sources that the drivetrain will be made up of a 3.5-liter V6 engine tuned to deliver 308 horsepower and a small electric motor rated at 217 ponies. Together, the two power sources could generate over 470 horsepower.
Visually, the LC 500h is identical to the V8-powered LC 500 save for discreet "hybrid" emblems placed right in front of the rear wheels. Interior pictures aren't available yet, but it's safe to assume the cabin is carried over from the V8-powered model with only minor modifications such as a hybrid-specific infotainment system and a new gauge cluster.
The luxury coupe will be powered by a multi-stage hybrid system featuring a 3.5L V6, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. Power goes through a four-(yep, four!) speed automatic transmission. Lexus expects 0-60 times in the sub-five-second range. Lexus also says the compact electric motor featured offsets the additional weight of the incorporated automatic transmission, meaning this system is no heavier than one of the company's existing hybrid configurations.
The LC 500h will go on sale in a few months as a 2017 model, and the hybrid drivetrain is widely expected to make its way under the hood of the next-generation LS.
Live photos by Ronan Glon.