The styling of the next-generation Lexus IS200 will draw its inspiration from this ultra stylish LF-C concept, revealed at last week’s New York Motor Show.
Longer and wider than today’s IS200, the new Lexus compact executive saloon will be a key part in the Japanese company’s plan to double UK sales and triple European sales by the end of the decade.
‘We have huge potential in the UK,’ said Lexus GB director Karl Schlicht. ‘And there’s a range of new models coming to help us achieve this.’
The LF-C will be shown at next month’s British Motor Show. According to Kevin Hunter, design chief of Calty Design Research, Toyota’s Californian studio, the LF-C concept gives a strong hint towards the new IS. ‘But like any concept, it’s a bit stretched here and a bit exaggerated there,’ he said.
The 4.5m-long LF-C is just 1mm shorter than an Audi A4, but is 84mm wider and sits on a lengthy (for the class) 2790mm wheelbase. Its squat look is emphasised by 20-inch (front) and 21-inch (rear) wheels, shod with 30-section tyres.