The next-generation Lexus LS will be available with a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain when it launches in 2019.
According to Autocar, the new LS will be based around 2015’s LF-FC Concept. It is likely that its hydrogen powertrain will be very similar to the LF-FC’s, meaning it may have one electric motor driving the rear wheels and two in-wheel motors sending power to the front.
Speaking about the potential for such a model, Lexus boss Alain Uyttenhoven stopped short of confirming it for production, but did say a hydrogen powertrain would be ideal for the car.
“We know how to make fuel cells and the only challenge is how to package a fuel cell in a car that also needs a certain level of performance. Premium buyers have certain expectations. For refinement, fuel cell is ideal, but we must also do some work to demonstrate the right levels of performance,” he said.
Beyond the hydrogen version, the new Lexus LS will be available as a V8-powered hybrid and will feature a host of advanced autonomous driving technologies as well as a plush interior incorporating the latest tech, including gesture control.