The emotional designs and high-performance models issued by Lexus in the last few years prefaced a new chapter for the brand, one that begins now with the arrival of the 2019 Lexus LC 500h flagship hybrid coupe. A concept car come to life, the Lexus LC 500h combines stunning design, scintillating performance, long-distance comfort and premium craftsmanship to join an elite group of international grand touring coupes.
The Lexus LC 500h blends emotional design and high performance like few other cars on the road. In 2019 that focus continues as Lexus further refines the driving experience of its flagship coupe.
New Standard Features:
Retuned hybrid system for improved driving feel
Enhanced steering, revised VGRS and change to aluminum steering support bracket
Modified rear engine mounts - Apple CarPlay Compatible
Amazon Alexa integration
Lexus Enform Remote (smart watch and Amazon Alexa skill integration)
Lexus Enform Dynamic Navigation
Dynamic Voice Command
Lexus Enform Wi-Fi
New color: Obsidian exterior added
Thirteen years ago, Lexus introduced the world’s first luxury hybrid. Now, the 2019 Lexus LC 500h carries on that innovative tradition as the first-ever Lexus Multistage Hybrid. Like other Lexus hybrid configurations, the LC 500h Multistage Hybrid System teams the gasoline engine with two electric motor/generators.
An Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter 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 2019 Lexus 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 87 mph.
Combined system output is 354 hp. 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.
HYBRID POWER SYSTEM
Series/parallel system with gas engine and electric motors
Total System Power
V6, aluminum block and cylinder heads
DOHC, 24-valve Intake: VVT- iW (Variable valve timing with intelligence Wide) Exhaust: VVT – (variable valve timing with intelligence)
3.5 liters / 3,456 cc / 210.9 cu. in
Bore x Stroke
94.0 X 83.0 mm / 3.70 X 3.27 in
13.0 : 1
295 HP @ 6,600 rpm
256.7 lb. -ft @ 4,900 rpm
EFI (Electrical Fuel Injection), D-4S, (Direct injection 4- stroke gasoline engine Superior)
95 RON / 91 AKI or higher
Motor Generator 1 Function
Primary generator, engine started, controls Engine speed
Permanent magnet synchronous motor
Motor Generator 2
Drives rear wheels, regenerative braking
Permanent magnet synchronous motor
HYBRID BATTERY PACK
Front engine, rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Multistage Hybrid Transmission
Zero to 60 mph
Zero to 100 mph
13.6 sec @ 103 mph
EPA FUEL ESTIMATED
27 mpg City/ 35 mpg Highway/ 30 mpg Combined
EXTERIOR & INTERIOR
The 2019 Lexus LC 500h 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. You can also order an optional carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof for an even more exotic look. The taillamps were inspired by the glow of a jet’s afterburners while the ultra-compact, triple-projector LED headlamps are not only striking, they’re half the size of conventional headlamps.
The LC 500h 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. Available exterior colors for the 2019 Lexus LC 500h include Caviar, Obsidian, Smoky Granite Mica, Atomic Silver, Liquid Platinum, Ultra White, Infrared, Autumn Shimmer and Nightfall Mica.
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 center 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 which Lexus is known for. 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 color schemes for the 2019 Lexus LC 500h include Black Leather, Toasted Caramel Leather, Rioja Red Leather and Bespoke White Leather. All interiors are complimented with exposed Satin Metallic ornamentation.
75.6 in (without mirror)
Max Cargo Capacity
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2019 Lexus LC 500 is a four-passenger luxury sport coupe offered in single trim levels with Several packages and stand-alone options. The gas-powered LC 500 is reviewed separately.
Standard features include 20-inch wheels, an adjustable suspension, LED exterior lights, automatic high-beam control, heated and auto-dimming mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, ambient interior lighting, a power-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory settings, leather-upholstered front seats, simulated leather rear seats, a 10.3-inch central display, a navigation system, Amazon Alexa compatibility, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, dynamic voice control, in-car Wi-Fi and a 12-speaker audio system with satellite radio. Safety features include a forward collision warning with automatic braking and lane departure warning and intervention.
A few packages and options available so you can custom the 2019 Lexus LC 500h. The All-Weather package (heated steering wheel and windshield de-icer), the Convenience package (front and rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert) and the Touring package (a simulated-suede headliner, upgraded leather upholstery and the Mark Levinson audio system).
The Sport package adds front sport seats with simulated-suede inserts and the Performance package starts with the Sport pack along with a carbon-fiber roof, an adaptive rear spoiler, an active rear steering system, variable-ratio steering, carbon-fiber kick plates, and the simulated-suede headliner.
Stand-alone options include 20- and 21-inch wheels, a head-up display, a Torsen limited-slip differential and a 13-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system.
The 2019 Lexus LC 500h has Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) right around $97,700, including destination fees. Check every option box, and you can bump the price to over $106,000.