Lexus Offers First Tease OF 2018 LS Sedan

Lexus has given the world its first official glimpse of its all-new LS flagship sedan ahead of complete reveal at January’s Detroit Auto Show.

Instead of the usual shadowy teaser shot Lexus has instead opted for a beneath-the-surface look at the LS, focusing on its Global Architecture for Luxury Vehicles (or GA-L for short) platform.

A lengthened version of the GA-L chassis that underpins the recently introduced LC coupe, the new underpinnings will form the basis of all of Toyota and Lexus’ new premium rear wheel drive vehicles going forward.

2015 Lexus LF-FC Concept

2015 Lexus LF-FC Concept

Though the final exterior design is yet to be showcased Lexus has included a transparency of the new spindle grille, air intakes, and sharply angled headlamps, which adhere to the form language previewed by the LF-FC concept.

Like the LF-FC the new LS is also expected to eventually introduce a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain, however from launch a petrol V8 with ten-speed automatic and V6 petrol-electric hybrid with four-speed automatic are the most likely starters – mirroring the LC 500 and LC 500h.

Lexus promises “a bold new look with a coupe-like silhouette” for the new LS which will be shown 28 years after the original LS 400 debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in 1989, launching the Lexus brand.

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