New Lexus LS Tipped To Debut At 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

2015 Lexus LS 460 F Sport

Lexus engineers are working on a new generation of the LS flagship sedan, the nameplate’s fifth, and according to the latest reports we’ll see the car make its debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in October. The new LS is expected to hit the market in 2016, as a 2017 model, and be the first Lexus to ride on a new rear-wheel-drive platform that’s also pegged for a flagship coupe based on the LF-LC concept and likely to be called an LC. The LC is expected after the new LS, most likely as a 2018 model.

Not much is known about the new LS but a senior Lexus official told British publication Autocar that the car “will remain the pinnacle of the range and have the highest price point.” This suggests that it may be positioned above the LC coupe though it’s possible the Lexus official was referring to both models in his statement.

The new LS is expected to be launched with just two variants—an LS 500 and LS 500h. This ties in with previous reports claiming the car will feature the brand’s 5.0-liter V-8 common to the RC F and GS F models in a base LS 500 model, and a new hybrid setup in a LS 500h model. This hybrid model will most likely be powered by a V-6-based hybrid setup rated at more than 500 hp (such a setup was previewed in the LF-LC concept).

Further down the track some new variants will be launched. We’ve heard that one of these will be a high-performance LS F complete with a twin-turbocharged version of the Lexus 5.0-liter V-8 good for 600 hp. There are also rumors that a technology demonstrator powered by a hydrogen fuel cell may be launched at some point.

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