The Lexus LC 500h has made its official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. We were there to check out the premium Japanese hybrid in the flesh.
The LC500h is a hybrid version of the recently announced LC 500 and will be released later this year as a 2017 model-year vehicle. Based on LF-LC concept that was first released back in 2012, the new LC lineup represents a shift in Lexus’ engineering processes and design direction according to Lexus.
Powering the LC500h will be the world’s first Multi Stage Hybrid system that was designed by Lexus specifically for use in performance vehicles. The LC 500h will include a traditional gasoline-powered 3.5 litre V6 engine as well as an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. All of this will be controlled by a 4-speed automatic gearbox that is mounted at the rear of the hybrid transmission.
On paper the 3.5-litre V6 in combination with the new multi-stage hybrid system is good for a 0-100 km/h under just 5 seconds. From a visual point of view the LC 500h looks almost identical to its purely combustion engine powered brother, the LC 500, which features a V8 engine.
In the Geneva spotlights the deep blue paint job seems to accentuate the car’s exterior lines quite well. The Lexus LC 500h will be available later this year for a price upwards from the €70,000 mark.