2015 Lexus LS 460 F Sport Front Three Quarter In Motion 01
Toyota is the official sponsor for the 2020 Olympics taking place in Tokyo, and will launch a series of new models leading up to the games, according to a report from Automotive News. Among these upcoming new models is a hydrogen fuel-cell version of the next Lexus LS flagship sedan, a logical move considering the automaker’s big investment in hydrogen technology with the new 2016 Toyota Mirai. The next-generation Lexus LS is scheduled to make its debut at this year’s Tokyo auto show in November. The hydrogen-powered version will then reportedly arrive in 2018, a few years into the sedan’s lifecycle. A zero-emissions luxury sedan represents a symbolic move for Toyota in relation to the Olympics, as alternative fuel vehicles have always been a talking point around the games because of concerns about air quality related to the athletes.
2016 Toyota Mirai Side
Using the same hydrogen fuel-cell technology developed for the 2016 Toyota Mirai, the Lexus LS FCV is expected to feature an electric drive motor that sources its power from nickel-metal-hydride batteries and two hydrogen fuel cells. The significantly larger Lexus LS will surely require a more powerful electric motor than the Mirai, which has 151 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. Stay tuned for more news about the next Lexus LS and its rumored fuel-cell variant in the coming months.