While a slew of carmakers have given up on convertible offerings, Lexus is leaning in.
Toyota’s luxury car brand plans to make a convertible version of its flagship LC coupe, the company confirmed Friday.
Lexus unveiled the convertible prototype at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom.
While the LC coupe quickly became one of the most sought Lexus models, the convertible option may come as a surprise. Automakers have killed off the convertible versions of several models in recent years, including the Chrysler 200 and Volkswagen Beetle.
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At its peak in 2006, convertible sales topped 344,000 in the U.S., according to IHS Markit. However, those levels aren’t expected to reach similar heights anytime soon. Currently, fewer than one in 100 vehicles sold in the U.S. now come with a foldable top.
The convertible Lexus LC design was teased at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. Lexus says the goal was to express “ultimate beauty” with a long, low and lean design, which was honored with a EyesOn Design Award.
The LC droptop will share the coupe’s athletic proportions but set itself apart with larger wheels and shorter overhangs. At Goodwood, Lexus is teasing the full design by covering the car with masking — hence, the QR code-like body.
Nick Cassidy, a professional race driver, is driving the prototype at the festival. Design details for the LC convertible’s market introduction will be announced at a later date.