The Japanese automaker’s flagship model will have the architecture cross-shared with the flagship sports coupe LC series, and feature as one of the world premieres during the Detroit Auto Show in January.
A major novelty has been spilled by the company’s VP of Marketing, Brian Smith, who hinted that LC’s debuting modular vehicle platform – called Global Architecture-Luxury or GA-L –will also be used inside the company’s front-engine, rear-drive cars. As such, the GA-L is designed to be very flexible – and the next product in line to use it is the company’s absolute flagship, the LS sedan. Smith also revealed the next generation LS will be presented to the public on January 9 during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Since they will cross-share the architecture, we can now imagine some of the powertrains fitted tot eh LC coupe will be used inside the LS – probably both the 471-horsepower V8 with ten speed auto and 354-hp gasoline-electric hybrid. It’s also on the rumor mill the upcoming introduction of AWD to the LC coupe – and from there on to the LS, as not having such an option would not bode well against the competition, such as the fullsize German options. Apparently, the GA-L is so flexible it can go as low as the IS – so we might see the next generation of the midsize sedan also using it in the near future.