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Trending Option: Glass Roof

Trending Option: Glass Roof

— Besides being drop-dead gorgeous, the 2018 Lexus LC 500 and LC 500h have an interesting option: a "glass roof with sunshade." From the outside, the top (which comes standard) simply looks like a black piece of glass that stylishly gives some contrast to the roof of the LC 500. But upon closer inspection, the roof itself is semitranslucent, and a sunroof-like opening can be popped open from inside the cabin to allow sunlight in.

This feature is starting to gain traction throughout the industry, and I'm a fan. It's a good way to make the cabin feel larger and more spacious for passengers, especially those in the backseat. Tesla includes a glass roof on the Model S sedan and recently announced it would be an option on the forthcoming Model 3 sedan. It can also be found on the opulent, one-off Rolls-Royce Sweptail.

 

2018 Lexus LC 500h

 

Apart from those vehicles, there are many others also offering something similar: a panoramic moonroof where only one of the panels opens, which makes the second half more of a skylight. Vehicles that offer this include the luxury Volvo XC90 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but also more modest cars like the Kia Optima and Ford Escape.

Openness isn't the only approach that automakers are taking to make the roof more interesting from within. The 2017 BMW M760i we tested recently offers a Panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof, which features 15,000 different points of light that can be adjusted to six different colors and is the closest thing you'll find to a planetarium in the back of a car.

 

2018 Lexus LC 500h

 

 

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