Lexus has unveiled its first images of a new hybrid coupe concept, set to be unveiled at the impending 2012 Paris Auto Show.

Called the Lexus LF-CC, the concept is the latest in a line of conceptual vehicles shown by the brand at recent auto shows, many of which have used hybrid and electric drivetrains.

A mid-size, full hybrid, rear-drive coupe, the LF-CC is the boldest expression yet of Lexus' signature 'L Finesse' design language, with a deep, prominent 'Spindle' grille design and sharp creases throughout.

Closest in style to recent models like the 2013 ES, GS and LS, the LF-CC takes the style one step further with the large mesh grille, pronounced front fender tips, and a three projector headlight design without the typical headlight covers.

Details such as these, the incredibly intricate rear lights and the tiny ornamental door mirrors are unlikely to reach production, but as a whole the design paves the way for a mid-size coupe expected to launch soon.

There are no shots of the interior just yet, but Lexus says it shares the same theme as some of its recent vehicles, including a two-zone dashboard with display and operation zones, as well as an "airy, spacious cabin and a sporting cockpit".

The model also previews an all-new 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine paired to a hybrid drivetrain.

As with other Toyota and Lexus hybrids, the new engine uses Atkinson-cycle combustion to improve efficiency, while also using Toyota's D-4S direct injection technology.

This is mated to a compact, water-cooled electric motor, and driven through a planetary gearset as you'll find in other hybrids from Lexus. The company is aiming for high efficiency, both in terms of fuel economy and low CO2 emissions, but also in its power output.

Lexus says the new powertrain will be introduced into its model range in the near future.

The concept will be shown alongside the rest of Lexus' range at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. For more news and images from the show, head over to our dedicated Paris show page.


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