At the reveal of the LF-CC coupe concept
at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, Lexus confirmed the concept was a preview of a new coupe the automaker was planning to launch. Considering that the LF-CC also previewed the styling of the new 2014 IS, it's not much of a stretch to deduce that the new coupe will essentially be an IS coupe.
However, until now there’s been no mention of a timeline for when we might actually see the IS coupe launched.What Car?
is reporting that the IS coupe will go on sale next year, suggesting that it will list as a 2015 model.
It’s said to be styled just like the LF-CC and probably feature a unique name. A recent trademark filing for “RC”
made by Lexus suggests that the new IS coupe will be called the RC. A separate filing for “RC F”
suggests that a high-performance version will also be launched.
The same report also claims that Lexus will launch its IS F high-performance sedan next year. This model is said to be receiving a V-8 engine, just like the outgoing IS F. Expect the potential RC F coupe to feature the same setup.
No mention of a replacement for the IS C convertible was made.
Note, the new IS coupe/RC isn’t the only new model line Lexus has in the works. The automaker is also planning a compact crossover
that is likely to be called an NX
. It will feature a hybrid option and will most likely be previewed in concept form at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show at the end of this year._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.