The much-anticipated convertible version of the Lexus LC 500 flagship coupe recently made its global debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new LC 500 Convertible joins the coupe as aspirational halo models for the entire Lexus lineup, providing unique driving experiences and aesthetic stimulation while expressing mobile beauty.
The exterior of the new LC artfully blends the coupe’s unique roofline with the character of a convertible, achieving sculptural distinction with the top open or closed. The interior design considers how details such as the vehicle’s tonneau cover and seating materials become part of the design language when viewed from the outside.
With the exterior styling based on that of the LC coupe, the convertible retains excellent aerodynamic performance and optimal weight distribution, incorporating functional beauty into the design. The soft-top roof provides a unique silhouette and sporty disposition befitting a convertible. The line of the rear trunk lid has been lifted and widened to create a dynamic side view and emphasise the low-and-wide stance.
To ensure that the convertible version of the LC 500 retains a beautiful silhouette when the top is lowered, the automatic folding mechanism stores the top under an integrated cover. And because the designers incorporated a beltline that kicks up at the end of the doors, the vehicle’s profile is characterised by a body that wraps around the cabin, providing an overall tight and clean appearance.
The new model follows the coupe’s driving signature, providing a sense of unity with nature and an exhilarating experience that can only be enjoyed with a convertible.
The interior body structure has optimally placed braces to yield high dynamic performance faithful to the driver’s intentions. To further enhance the drive, the convertible is equipped with neck heaters and a transparent wind deflector; this typifying the comfort and quiet that is Lexus’ DNA. Thanks to the car’s robust V8, the LC 500 Convertible accelerates in a pleasantly linear manner.
The interior features details such as graduating quilting and perforation pattern on the upper portion of the seats, as well as the “L” logo embossed on the back of headrests.
The colour palettes of the exterior and the soft top, as well as the elegant hues of the interior, were carefully selected and combined to cater to the LC customer’s high sense of style, taste and diverse lifestyles.
The new LC 500 Convertible is scheduled to go on sale in South Africa in 2020 – launch date to be confirmed.
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