Since its introduction in 2014, the Lexus RC has enjoyed success around the world as a choice among those looking for a luxury coupe. After four years, Lexus has finally decided to refresh the RC across all variants, bringing more design cues and touches from the latest Lexus models. Take note, however, that engine updates have yet to be released, especially anything pertaining to RC models in our local market.
Scheduled to make its global debut at the Paris Motor Show in France from October 4, 2018 to October 15, 2018, the 2019 Lexus RC promises to keep all the virtues of the current model, while adopting Lexus/ new design language and better driving dynamics based on the Lexus LC.
The 2019 Lexus RC retains its proportions and adds distinctive design elements such as the new bumper corners and new triple LED headlamps with L-shaped DRL (daytime running lights). There’s also a new grille that transforms in design from top to bottom. Air ducts have been added to the corners of the rear bumper, and a wider stance and lower center of gravity help the improved aerodynamics. The rear lights also get emphasized L-shaped lenses, so there’s no mistaking that it’s a Lexus coupe from the rear. Or front. Or any angle, for that matter. The new RC F Sport variant receives the grille mesh pattern that graces all F Sport vehicles, as well as numerous other custom exterior and interior items exclusive to the F Sport, including aggressively-styled 19-inch alloy wheels.
On the inside, subtle changes such as a “hairline” treatment to the center console, add more premium look and feel. Enlarged knee pads have been raised closer to the center console for more space. Stitching has been added in several parts, including the palm rest. The analog clock sits above the center console, and new colors and options for interiors are available.
Performance has also been tweaked, with focus given on aerodynamics, suspension, and powertrain. Enhanced aerodynamics come in the form of a new fin shape on the side window and ducts at the rear bumper. New shock absorbers and stiffer suspension bushings have been implemented and have been fine-tuned by engineers, promising improved ride quality while offering razor-sharp handling when needed. The throttle response has also been improved on the 2.0L turbocharged engine, for more feel and direct control.
There will be 11 exterior colors available for the 2019 Lexus RC, with Naples Yellow Contrast Layering and Sparkling Meteor Metallic being standouts. The 2019 Lexus RC is set to go on sale in Japan by fall of 2018. Stay tuned as we learn more.