Lexus has previewed the LF-FC fuel celled LS luxury sedan at the Tokyo Motor Show*. The LF-FC concept will be the company's flagship sedan when launched a few years from now.
The LF-FC concept is equipped with fuel cells in the trunk of the car while the drivetrain sits under the hood of the car and the hydrogen fuel tanks are in the centre of the car. Lexus claim that this setup helps distribute the weight evenly.
While the hydrogen fuel cell drives the rear wheels of the car, an extra pair of motors in the front wheel help the car become an all-wheel drive vehicle. The power output or the range of the Lexus concept has not been revealed.
Inside the car, there is a human to machine interface that is gesture controlled; the interface eliminates buttons. Other features include reclining rear seats, leather upholstery, and seats that look like they are floating.
The exterior design of the car, as explained by Lexus is "aggressively elegant, exuding the spirit of a grand touring vehicle." The LF-FC gets 21-inch wheels and L-shaped daytime running lights. The next generation LS sedan is expected by 2016, and will be powered by a traditional petrol-hybrid engine.
*The Tokyo Motor Show opens to the public from 30 October to 8 November.
Lexus LF-FC Fuel Cell Sedan images