Lexus LC500 h will be the only coupe in the India lineup for Lexus
A hybrid variant will be the only one
Lexus India range consists of sedans and SUVs only, but it is looking to occupy a niche in the second half of 2020 with the LC500h coupe. The V8-powered variant won’t be launched, but the V6 hybrid coupe is no slouch and can get to 100kph from a standstill in under 5 seconds.
There’s more than a hint of LF-A in the LC’s styling, and that’s no accident. The LC is aggressive and looks like the body panels have been tightly pulled over the bodywork. The proportions are quintessential sportscar – wide, low stance, the double-trapezoid Lexus signature grille, long hood, stubby boot, and large wheels that fill the flared wheel arches. The vertical turn indicators at the rear are a novelty even in its class. It’s a Lexus, so there’s bound to be many creases and lines all over the exterior, but the interior is a surprisingly cosy place. There are lashings of leather and Alcantara, of course, but there is no clutter. The standard 10.3” display for the infotainment is controlled by a touchpad near the gear lever, the instrument cluster is all-digital, and the driver’s seat has electric adjustability for every dimension imaginable.
Motive power will be from a hybrid powertrain consisting of 3.5-litre V6 petrol generating 300bhp and 348Nm. It is paired with a 54bhp electric motor. The rear wheels are fed all the power, but the gearbox is a complex piece of kit which couples a 4-speed automatic gearbox with a CVT and provides the driver with a total of ten engineered ratios in manual mode. Besides that quick 4.7 second sprint to 100kph, the LC500h will be limited to 250kph.
Lexus will target Rs 1.5 crore as the price of the LC500h. This will bring it in competition with the Audi RS5 Coupe, the Jaguar F-Type Coupe, and if you compare body style and performance without price, the Porsche 911 will have to be included in the conversation as well. The Lexus LC500h will have an expected launch in the second half of 2020.