LOS ANGELES -- Looking to put some pizazz in its products, Lexus will introduce a concept car this week at the Paris auto show that likely will turn out to be a coupe version of the GS sedan.
Executives began hinting about a GS coupe variant at the sedan's media introduction this year. Based on Lexus' normal development cycles, a production version of the LF-CC concept should arrive by summer 2014.
The LF-CC moves the brand's styling direction beyond just the "spindle grille" that pervades the lineup. Sheet metal shapes and creases could show up on the IS sedan that arrives in summer 2013. The new IS will debut at the Geneva auto show in March.
Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda is on a quest to revitalize the Toyota and Lexus brands with sportier, edgier cars. The Lexus LFA supercar was a first step, but its volume is limited.
The LF-CC uses a variant of the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine coupled with the high-output electric motor used in the new ES 300h Hybrid. But the powertrain has been slightly retuned and it drives the rear wheels. Total hybrid system output will be about 200 hp.
The hybrid unit will be the new powertrain for many hybrid vehicles in the Lexus lineup in the near future.