Details of the mid-life facelift for the Lexus RC coupe have been announced in advance of a full reveal at October’s Paris Motor Show.
With the bigger LC coupe having garnered a lot of recent attention, the smaller Lexus RC has been left somewhat in the shadows. The luxury brand hopes these refinements will remind the world what the sportier RC can offer.
Clearly Lexus remains rather satisfied with the original overall design of the RC, which was first launched in 2014. Spotting the styling changes to the 2019 RC will require some serious observational skills.
Up front, new headlight units incorporate L-shaped LED elements, with the mesh design used for the grille also updated on non-F Sport cars.
At the rear, the LC influence comes into play, with the light clusters gaining a more prominent L-shaped design. The rear bumper also benefits from the addition of new air ducts, claimed to help improve handling and enhance driving stability.
Inside also sees the tiniest of alterations. The biggest news comes in the form of a brushed metal finish for the trim surrounding the audio and heater controls. Centre console changes are said to have opened a greater feeling of space, whilst a new analogue clock is taken from the LC model.
Extra trim finishes take the interior choices up to seven, paired with a total of eleven different exterior paintwork options.
More substantial than the minor styling titivation are the changes beneath the surface. Lexus promises that the RC will be ‘thoroughly fun to drive’ with lessons learned from the larger LC.
Stiffer suspension and enhanced aerodynamics are said to endow the RC with sharper handling and even a more controlled ride. New 19-inch wheels are also part of the deal, with Lexus undertaking real-world testing to ensure the overall package delivers. Engine and drivetrain choices remain as present.
Final specification details will be announced on the 2nd October at the Paris Show. We’ll have to wait and see if these are enough to push the RC back into the limelight.