New Lexus LS to debut at 2017 Detroit Motor Show

Lexus LS first official teaser

The next generation Lexus LS will be revealed at the Detroit Motor Show in January. The news has been officially confirmed by the brand, ahead of the reveal next month.

The introduction of the original LS took place at the same show in 1989, heralding the birth of the Lexus brand. Since then, the Toyota-owned manufacturer has utilised pioneering hybrid drivetrains across its range, shunning diesel power in its entirety.

We’d already spotted the car testing ahead of its launch next year, but now Lexus has confirmed we’ll see the car in the metal in the first few weeks of 2017. Lexus says it will feature “visionary technology”, built on an extended version of the brand’s new GA-L luxury vehicle global architecture – as seen on the new Lexus LC 500h.

In addition to the spy shots, Lexus has issued a single cutaway image of the new car. It shows vital components such as the suspension and drivetrain, while also giving us a sneak peek of the LS’s new front end. It looks to take its inspiration from the LC, with a large spindle grille, sharp bumpers and large alloy wheels. The spy images also show the car’s new headlight and taillight designs poking out from underneath the disguise. 

Gaps in the camouflage mean its possible to spot the noticeable kink in the car’s shoulderline. On the production model, it won’t be as dramatic as the line used on the LF-FC concept revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show – our only preview of the new LS so far.

The current Lexus LS is looking a bit dated next to the recently refreshed GS and IS, so the replacement model will gain a much more modern look using Lexus’ latest design language. 

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Lexus Ls spy shot rear quarter

Our last look at Mercedes S-Class rival out on the road was quite different. The pictures revealed that Lexus is benchmarking the LS alongside a new BMW 7 Series, clearly hoping to match or even beat it’s rival’s level of comfort and tech.

As such, we can expect some new autonomous driving technology debuts and driver assistance technology on the upcoming Lexus flagship, as well as improvements in efficiency and performance. Lexus claims the new platform will deliver a “more dynamic driving experience”.

Earlier this year, Lexus told us that it was planning to launch a hydrogen fuel cell luxury car before 2020. It also previewed that model with the striking LF-FC concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, and Auto Express understands that this will be heavily based on the LS.

Expect a familiar range of V6 and V8 petrol engines and hybrids in the meantime, though. It’s likely the new LS will share its drivertrain options with the LC500 Coupe – so a 3.5-litre hybrid V6 option alongside a 5.0-litre V8. 

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