Darth Vader face front-end styling included.
What you’re looking at is a preview of the next generation Lexus LS granddaddy flagship. The LF-FC Concept, making its official debut at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, is a four-door coupe-styled sedan jam-packed with high-tech and luxury. And yes, that Darth Vader-inspired signature spindle front grille is proudly present, featuring L-shaped LED DRLs. The rear is highlighted by new taillights that adopt the same floating theme as the front DRL units.
That sloping roofline gives the concept a much sleeker look than the current LS and it’ll be interesting whether or not that’ll make production. The concept rides on 21-inch aluminum wheels with carbon fiber reinforced rims.
Power comes from what Lexus describes as a "high output fuel cell power system that energizes the rear wheels, and also sends power to two in-wheel motors in the front, giving the LF-FC all-wheel-drive." What’s interesting about this system is that it allows precise torque distribution control between the front and rear wheels, thus providing superior road handling. That will come in handy considering this is a large sedan. Its fuel cell stack is positioned at the back while the power control unit sits in the front for a more balanced weight distribution thanks to the T-formation of the hydrogen fuel tanks. Step inside and you’ll find a cabin with equally slick styling as the exterior.
The rear seats recline while still offering plenty of head and knee space, while front seat occupants can stare at that futuristic dash layout. It was 26 years ago when the Lexus brand debuted at this very show, and today’s LF-FC Concept is a statement that Lexus has no intention of allowing its German rivals (or Tesla) to steal its thunder.