Lexus convertible LC concept revealed ahead of Detroit debut

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Lexus LC Convertible concept

Lexus isn't hiding its intention to put something like this convertible into production.

With rumours circling for nearly a year, Lexus finally chops the top off of its LC grand tourer to create the new LC Convertible Concept debuting at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The automaker doesn't officially admit that a production version is on the way, but the announcement says the vehicle points to the "future direction" for the lineup, suggesting something like this open-roofed machine could arrive at dealers at some point.

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Lexus LC Convertible concept

Until your eye reaches the roof, the LC Convertible Concept is identical to the existing coupe. The droptop looks elegant with its roof stowed away, especially thanks to the steeply raked windscreen. Slicing off the top, forces Lexus' designers to create a new rear deck for the machine. There are extremely subtle nacelles behind the seats, and the central part of the tail is flat but angular cuts make it taper down to the quarter panels.

Lexus LC Convertible concept

The cut lines in the back show where the roof would hide, but there isn't a top to deploy at the moment. "It’s just an open top concept at this point, so there’s no roof yet," Lexus spokesperson Ed Hellwig told Motor1.com. The space looks large enough to fit a soft top, though.

Lexus LC Convertible concept

On the inside, the concept features a mix of white leather seats and a black dashboard. Yellow stitching adds a little colour to the cabin.

Lexus doesn't offer powertrain details, but there doesn't appear to be anything preventing either the existing 5.0-litre V8 or the hybrid 3.5-litre V6 from being available as a convertible. The power roof mechanism would add some weight to the car that would likely take a little away from the coupe's acceleration and fuel economy. 

Also in Detroit, Lexus will unveil the RC F Track Edition as a more hardcore version of its already sporty coupe.

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