2019 Lexus RC spy shots

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A lightly camouflaged Lexus RC has been spotted testing in Germany and is likely a prototype for a facelifted version of the luxury coupe.

The RC was introduced for 2015 so this facelifted model, expected on sale late this year or early next as a 2019 model, represents a mid-cycle update for the car.

Changes visible on this prototype include revised front and rear fascias as well as revised lights at both ends. A close-up of the headlights reveals an interior treatment similar to what's found on the LS and LC flagship models.

2019 Lexus RC facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2019 Lexus RC facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

There should be some accompanying tweaks inside, including perhaps an updated infotainment system.

It isn't clear if we'll see some new powertrain options. Right now the car comes with a 241-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 in RC 300 trim and a 311-hp 3.5-liter V-6 in RC 350 trim. Those numbers are lower than what the competition is offering.

Performance fans can look forward to an updated version of the RC F. The current version has a 467-hp 5.0-liter V-8 and we expect the updated version of the car to stick with this engine. The good news is that Lexus is expected to add a track-focused version based on its RC F GT concept of 2016, and this one might offer more power.

 
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