Daring, Powerful, And Luxuriously Advanced: The 2022 Lexus LC CoupeNov 19th, 2021
- Dynamic handling enhancements based on Lexus Driving Signature
- First-ever LC 500 Bespoke Build allows Lexus Guests to customize their unique vehicle
- New Cadmium Orange exterior colour
- New Manhattanhenge interior colour
TORONTO, ONTARIO – NOVEMBER 18th, 2021 – Experience a new realm of performance in the 2022 Lexus LC – the luxury coupe that exhilarates at every turn. For 2022, Lexus engineers have further enhanced the suspension to better embody the Lexus Driving Signature philosophy. And Lexus introduces the Bespoke Build program – allowing Guests to customize their LC 500 or self-charging hybrid LC 500h.
“For those Canadian auto enthusiasts seeking a luxury coupe in a realm of its own, the quest is over: The LC delivers a breath-taking blend of raw power, razor-sharp performance, and exceptional ride handling,” said Martin Gilbert, Director of Lexus in Canada. “Equally exciting, the new Lexus Bespoke Build program will allow Guests to customize their LC coupe to ensure it best reflects their unique style – and that the LC telegraphs its inspired performance from the moment you lay eyes on it.”
Key Evolutions for 2022
For 2022, the LC 500 continues to embrace the Lexus Driving Signature Next Chapter brand pillar through enhancements to the vehicle’s dynamic handling characteristics. Front and rear suspension settings have been optimized to enhance ground contact feel, linear steering response, and steering effectiveness in the high cornering G range. This suspension enhancement results in nimbler vehicle handling and a sharper connection between driver and vehicle.
The available LC 500 Performance package (Starting MSRP: $120,500) includes numerous performance upgrades over the standard LC, including Torsen limited-slip rear differential with Yamaha performance damper, variable gear ratio steering, 4-wheel active steering, 21” forged aluminum alloy wheels, a carbon fibre roof, a retractable rear spoiler, Alcantara & leather front sport seats and an Alcantara head liner.
First-Ever LC 500 Bespoke Build
The 2022 LC 500 and LC 500h will launch with the first-ever Bespoke Build, allowing Lexus Guests to configure their vehicle with a mix of performance and styling components.
Bespoke Build offers numerous ways for Lexus Guests to customize the LC 500’s wheels, spoiler, roof, seats and colours. Certain customization options, like the carbon fibre air wing spoiler and 21-inch forged alloy wheels with Black finish were previously only available on the LC Inspiration Series. The new exclusive Manhattanhenge interior colour name is derived from a rare New York City occurrence befitting of the Bespoke Build. On these two special days a year, the rising or setting sun aligns perfectly with the main Manhattan street grid, creating a beautiful orange glow that illuminates the urban skyline.
The LC 500 Bespoke Build will be further distinguished with a unique interior badge and included certificate of authenticity printed on Japanese washi paper and signed and stamped by LC Chief Engineer Yasushi Muto and Lexus Canada’s Director Martin Gilbert. A special LC 500 Bespoke Build Tool will launch on Lexus.ca later this year and will allow Lexus Guests to customize their vehicle online.
The Lexus LC 500 represents the most passionate expression of the Lexus brand. The eye-catching coupe displays a unique mesh grille that spreads across the front of the car. It has a large glass panel and blacked-out rear pillars that creates a floating roof appearance. Chrome-plated moldings along the edges echo the lines of a traditional Japanese sword.
One of the most stunning aspects of the LC 500 is its unique light signature at night. The taillamps were inspired by the glow of a jet’s afterburners, and the ultra-compact, triple-projector LED headlamps are not only striking – they’re lighter and half the size of conventional headlamps.
The LC emphasizes a balance between function and comfort, sporting intent and luxury. The low instrument panel position, hood line and narrow pillars give the driver a commanding view of the road. To build a sense of continuity, the flowing lines of the door panels serve as an extension of the exterior that flows from the hood and through the windshield. The 2022 LC receives a more focused colour palette featuring nine exterior colours: Caviar, Smoky Granite Mica, Atomic Silver, Ultra White*, Infrared**, Nightfall Mica, Flare Yellow**, Nori Green Pearl and, new for 2022 in Canada, Cadmium Orange**.
*Available for an additional $500 charge
**Available for an additional $645 charge
Lexus designers paid close attention to detail when creating the LC. The exclusive seats feel as good as they look. With a two-part construction technique, the seatback drapes over the shoulder area and then wraps around the seat back. Components in the shoulder area help hold the driver securely in cornering maneuvers.
In addition, the steering wheel cross section changes around its circumference to allow for variations in grip and twisting of the wrist. The front passenger also has not been ignored; the side of the centre console rises to form an integrated grab handle.
The quality finish of the upholstery, trim materials and detailing reflect the Takumi craftsmanship and attention to detail for which Lexus is known. It can be seen and felt in the hand stitching of the leather-wrapped gearshift lever and the draping treatment of the Alcantara door panel trim, among numerous other details. Available interior colour schemes for the LC include Black leather, Toasted Caramel leather, and Circuit Red leather. All interiors are complimented with exposed Satin Metallic ornamentation.
Upon start-up, thundering through the variable Active Exhaust, the 5.0-litre, naturally aspirated V8 issues a full-throated engine note as a call to driving enthusiasts. The LC 500 has an output of 471 hp and 398 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The LC is also capable of delivering a 0-to-100 km/h time of 4.7 seconds and an NRCan-estimated fuel consumption of 9.6 L/100 km on the highway.
The powerful 5.0-litre is paired with a 10-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission that can be controlled via magnesium paddle shifters. The updated 10-speed is refinement to further evoke the performance of the V8 engine and provide an even more direct connection of driver to machine.
Hybrid Power: Impressive and Efficient
Sixteen years ago, Lexus introduced the world’s first luxury hybrid. The LC 500h carries on that innovative tradition as the first-ever Lexus Multistage Hybrid. Like other Lexus hybrid configurations, the LC 500h Multi-stage Hybrid System teams the gasoline engine with two electric motors.
An Atkinson-cycle 3.5-litre V6 gasoline engine utilizes D-4S direct fuel injection for optimum efficiency while the lightweight valvetrain with Dual VVT-i ensures ample torque across the engine speed range. Moreover, the system keeps the planetary-type continuously variable transmission from Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive and adds a unique four-speed automatic transmission. Working in concert, the two gearsets alter output in four stages to utilize the V6 engine across the entire speed range.
In M mode, the two gearsets act together to provide the effect of 10 ratios, giving the LC 500h a highly engaging driving feel and allowing the driver to shift through the ratios with paddle shifters. In automatic mode, AI shift control matches gear selection to driving conditions and driver inputs. The Multistage Hybrid System allows for more electric assist at lower vehicle speeds, and it enables the LC 500h to operate with the gasoline engine off at speeds of up to 140 km/h.
The combined system output of the LC 500h is 354 horsepower. With the Multistage Hybrid System, the power from the V6 engine and the electric motor can be amplified by the 4-speed automatic transmission, generating much greater drive power when accelerating. The LC 500h uses a compact, lightweight lithium-ion battery. The battery pack fits neatly between the rear seats and the luggage compartment and has a high-power density, with its 84 cells producing 310.8 volts. The result is an impressive NR-Can estimated fuel consumption of only 8.1 L/100 km (city/highway combined).
The LC features an impressive 10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display that provides immediate, simultaneous access to audio or climate controls and various systems.
The 2022 LC 500 and LC 500h feature Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility. With Apple CarPlay compatibility, customers can access the familiar interface from their iPhone through the vehicle’s multimedia display. Simply connect an iPhone to get directions, make calls, send and receive message via Siri®, and get access to favorite apps like Spotify, Audible® and Apple podcasts.
Android Auto™ allows users to seamlessly cast their Android phone’s interface onto the vehicle’s multimedia display. Play music via apps such as Spotify®* and Pandora®, send messages through a range of commonly used apps like WhatsApp®, navigate with Google Maps™, and request information—all with just a voice command—through the Google Assistant™. For added convenience, Android Auto can also deliver tailored information based on your calendar, usage activity and habits.
Lexus Enform for Safety and Convenience
Lexus Enform Safety Connect comes with a three-year trial with access to Lexus Enform response centres 24/7/365. With Lexus Enform Service Connect trial, the vehicle can send alerts for specific factory recommended maintenance, simultaneously alerting a preferred Lexus dealer. The Lexus App can be used to set push-reminders and alerts for maintenance and service issues. Lexus Enform Remote (three-year trial subscription included) mobile app lets you lock and unlock doors, start the engine, check the fuel level, and more all through your smartphone, smartwatch or Amazon Alexa–enabled devices at home.
Advanced Safety Features and Driver Support
The Lexus Safety System+ comes standard on every LC 500 and LC 500h for 2022. Lexus Safety System+ features Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist. Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection is standard and includes features such as Frontal Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection. All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is also included, as is Intelligent High Beam that will default to high-beam mode when the road ahead is clear but will temporarily switch to low beams when headlamps or taillamps are detected.
Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert is standard on every LC 500 and LC 500h.
The 2022 LC 500 will have a starting MSRP of $102,700, while the LC 500 Performance package will start at $120,500. The self-charging hybrid LC 500h Performance package will start at $122,900. The LC Coupe is expected to arrive in dealerships in late 2021.
For more details and specifications, visit www.lexus.ca/lc
About Lexus Canada
Lexus Canada is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Lexus luxury cars and sport utility vehicles through a sales and service network of 39 dealers across Canada. Guests have access to a wide range of luxury and performance vehicles with a total of 12 Lexus nameplates available in Canada, including the largest luxury hybrid lineup of 6 hybrid models. Inspired by bold design, intuitive technology, and peak performance, Lexus is committed to delivering the highest quality products and services and creating amazing experiences for their Guests. The Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h are built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada’s (TMMC) award-winning Cambridge South plant. For more information about Lexus and Lexus products, please visit: www.lexus.ca.