Lexus Offers First Glimpse Of Tokyo Concept

In the lead up to the Tokyo Motor Show, it seems Lexus is playing its cards close to its chest for the moment – offering the first tid-bit of its headline concept.

There’s little in the way of information accompanying the image, in fact information released with this teaser describes the car as “Lexus’ vision of progressive luxury” and nothing else.

Taking a look at the current Lexus lineup however, shows that the flagship LS sedan is well and truly due for replacement, debuting in 2006, with a fairly major facelift in 2012.

The current, but ageing, LS sedan

The current, but ageing, LS sedan

The slimline three-element headlight and sweeping chrome spear shown in the teaser could well be the face of Lexus’ next S-Class competitor.

As for powertrain technology, rumours abound – everything from a reworked version of Toyota’s current hybrid system, to a hydrogen fuel cell, borrowing technology from Toyota’s Mirai FCV.

While it’s less likely to appear at Tokyo this month, a twin-turbocharged V8 is also rumoured to be in development, to be deployed in a future LS F high-performance variant.

There’s also a chance that the piercing headlight seen here could adorn the face of a successor to the SC coupe/convertible, last seen with a folding hard top in 2005.

Lexus LF-LC Concept

Lexus LF-LC Concept

Forecast by the LF-LC concept in 2012, and buoyed by comments from Lexus US chief Jeff Bracken in August, saying that a Lexus flagship doesn’t need to be a sedan – if the teased concept is indeed a new SC it marks a significant styling departure from the curvaceous LF-LC.

All will be revealed in short-order, with the Tokyo Motor Show set to open its doors on the 28th of October.

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