Lexus RC Convertible (Lexus RC-C) to be launched in 2016 – Report

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Concept model was unveiled at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The production version of the Lexus LF-C2 Concept from the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show is expected to be announced in 2016, according to Motoring Australia.

Lexus LF-C2 Concept front three quarter view at 2015 Geneva Motor Show
The concept LF-C2 convertible previews the design of the upcoming Lexus RC-C.

The future Lexus RC Convertible could be dubbed as the Lexus RC-C, and will compete against the likes of the BMW 4-Series convertible and the upcoming Mercedes C Class Cabriolet. A company insider has divulged that it will adopt an aluminum retractable roof for lighter weight, and that a flagship RC F convertible is currently under consideration.

It could borrow the engine lineup from the Lexus RC, which includes the RC350 trim with a 3.5-liter V6 producing 314 bhp and a peak torque of 380 Nm through an eight-speed sequential transmission, or an RC250h Hybrid Drive system that couples a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a 105 kW motor through an electronic CVT with six step gears and a sequential shift-matic feature.

Lexus LF-C2 Concept rear three quarter view at 2015 Geneva Motor Show
The Lexus RC-C is likely to borrow the engine lineup from the Lexus RC, which includes a 3.5-liter V6 engine and a 2.5-liter hybrid drive.

Late last year, reports suggested that Lexus had shelved development plans of the RC Convertible due to feedback from U.S dealers who saw the LF-C2. If the Lexus RC-C does come into fruition, it will replace the 7-year old, long in the tooth Lexus IS C convertible.

Lexus LF-C2 – Image Gallery

[Source: Motoring Australia]

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