Toyota’s luxury marque has applied and received trademarks for the Lexus LC500 and Lexus LC500h names in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Readers “Matt” and “k3vo” informed Lexus Enthusiast about recent filings by Lexus in these three jurisdictions. Although CarAdvice has since verified that Toyota made these applications on the 24th and 25th of November, we must caution that successful trademark applications aren’t always definitive proof of a company’s model plans or name usage.
Interestingly, a search for SC500 and SC500h on each country’s trademarks database yields no positive matches, possibly disproving some earlier rumours of a revival of the SC badge, which was last seen on the SC430 hard-top convertible.
If Lexus does use the newly trademarked LC badges, it will likely be affixed to a 2+2 coupe modelled after the LF-LC concept that first debuted at the 2012 Detroit motor show in red (above and below) and later in a lustrous shade of blue (top) at that year’s Sydney motor show.
Based on earlier reports, the production version of the LF-LC is expected to launch in 2016.
If Lexus sticks to its typical naming convention, the LC500 will be powered by a 5.0-litre V8 petrol motor, likely related to the 351kW engine found in RC F coupe.
It’s a little less clear what type of hybrid drivetrain will motivate the LC500h. The two most powerful hybrids currently offered by Lexus are the GS450h, which sports a 3.5-litre V6 working in concert with a set of electric motors to deliver 254kW of power, and the LS600h that mates a 5.0-litre V8 with a raft of electric engines to produce a total of 327kW.
The hybrid drivetrain in the LF-LC concept car was claimed to have a power output of 372kW.