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Lexus LC 500 makes debut at US motor show
New 2017 model from Lexus demonstrates vehicle technology development through design and engineering collaboration at the Japanese manufacturer.
Inspired by the LF-LC concept car which was displayed at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the new Lexus LC 500 coupe has similar design and engineering features in a production model that is scheduled to hit the streets in 2017 and represents the statement Lexus wants to make about the future direction of the luxury brand.
The leap that Lexus made in technological innovation with the LC 500 came about as a result of the increased levels of collaboration between the company’s design and engineering groups which enabled them to overcome some of the hurdles experienced by each group in terms of manufacturing technology, materials and design concepts, the kinds of challenges that can normally introduce compromises in specification.
With the LF-LC concept car being the objective which was packed with such challenges, the design and engineering teams at the company had to adopt a different approach in order to achieve the design aims of the LC 500 which is on show this week and next week at NAIAS 2016.
Commenting on this achievement, Chief Engineer at Lexus, Koji Sato said, “The design and engineering sides worked together on issues and obstacles that were overcome one by one. I feel we achieved something greater than simply preserving the spirit of the concept’s design.”
Combination of technologies
The exterior design, interior layout, chassis, drivetrain and electronics all feature high levels of technical innovation with new materials deployed throughout and a focus on achieving the right balance of performance and driveability without compromising on the luxurious feel of the car.
There is also no compromise on safety with the new LC 500 featuring the “Lexus Safety System+”, a package of advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and collision mitigation technology.
Lane keeping assistance technology helps the driver to stay in the correct lane on motorways and Automatic High Beam lighting keeps the forward vision of the driver optimised during the hours of darkness without dazzling oncoming road users. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) also features on the car to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front regardless of changes in speed.
Sensor technology to achieve these driver assistance and collision avoidance aims are achieved using high performance cameras and millimeter-wave radar devices installed within the structure of the vehicle.