Lexus has taken the covers off its new LC Convertible concept ahead of the show car's debut at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The LC coupé, of course, is one of the most striking cars to come out of the Lexus design department over the past couple of years. And now Toyota's luxury arm has decided to lop off the vehicle's roof.

While the firm describes the result as a "concept", it adds that the LC Convertible will stand as an "aspirational halo vehicle for the entire Lexus lineup". Yes, there's every chance this model will make it through to production.

The cabin of the LC Convertible concept has been updated with tailored seats featuring leather upholstery and yellow stitching.

Lexus hasn’t mentioned what the concept is packing under the bonnet, but we suspect it boasts the same naturally aspirated 5,0-litre V8 (and ten-speed automatic transmission) as the coupé.

"This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupé and reimagines it as a future convertible," said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible concept. "It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible."

"A production version of this concept would be exhilarating in many different ways. You would see its dynamic lines as you approach, hear its engine when you started it up and feel everything around you once on the road. It would engage the senses in a way that is unique and exciting every time you got behind the wheel," said Mori-san.