The new 2016 Lexus LF-FC concept was unveiled for the first time in Europe today at a special press event in The Hague, Netherlands. This is ahead of its public reveal at the Geneva motor show on 1 March.
New Lexus LF-FC pictures
The visionary Lexus LF-FC concept heralds the arrival of a future flagship saloon, underlining our commitment to have a hydrogen fuel cell car in the range from around 2020. Its high-output powertrain offers all-wheel drive, and it incorporates new gesture control and automated technologies.
Lexus believes the solutions to energy and emissions issues offered by the fuel cell vehicle make it the closest technology yet to the ultimate eco-car, with hydrogen providing an ideal, ultra-clean source of energy.
A hydrogen fuel cell achieves outstanding energy efficiency – about twice that available from current generation petrol and diesel engines – and emits only water, producing zero CO2, NOx and particulates. It not only saves energy and drives down costs, it also offers the convenience of a long driving range from a tank of fuel and a fill-up process that takes only about as long as for a conventionally powered vehicle.
In addition, a fuel cell powertrain gives an exceptionally quiet and smooth drive, with the bare minimum of noise and vibration, making it an ideal choice for the luxury automotive segment.
Lexus intends to build on this existing fuel cell technology, further adapting it to ensure it delivers the kind of performance it envisions for a luxury flagship saloon.
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