Lexus has promised its fans a “world premiere” for this month’s Detroit Auto Show, and released a single teaser image to keep them guessing.

The image shows nothing more than tyre-burn marks on a tarmac surface, so it’s fair to say the new machine won’t be a lumbering SUV or a small city car.

Instead, the covers may reveal the long-rumoured LC luxury coupe in production form, set to take on the likes of BMW’s 6 Series, the upcoming new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe or even the Infiniti Q60.

Lexus is yet to confirm anything, only using the word “unprecedented” to describe its new car.

2014 Lexus LF-C2
2014 Lexus LF-C2

The carmaker trademarked two ‘LC’ names in late 2014: LC 500 and LC 500h. Using Lexus’ usual naming patterns, ‘LC’ is likely to stand for ‘Luxury Coupe’.

The LF-C2 concept, also from late 2014, was expected to preview a convertible version of the RC coupe, but the concept may instead have thrown fans off the scent as a preview to the LC.

Rumours also suggest the new offering could be hydrogen-powered; at least in concept form much like the LF-FC from the Tokyo Motor Show. Parent company Toyota is pushing harder than most to see hydrogen as a more mainstream fuel.

For now, fans can only speculate as to what Lexus has up its sleeve for Detroit.