Exactly a year from now the new generation of the flagship LS model from Lexus is expected to reach dealerships, if we take for granted the latest rumor flying off the mill.
The full size saloon segment is in turmoil. The S Class has been updated for a while now and has thus achieved incredible sales. The BMW 7 Series has just appeared and is looking to snatch a big pie in the segment. The Audi A8 is also doing the rounds of the rumor mill because its new generation is due out very soon. Meanwhile, in production since 2006, the fourth generation Lexus LS is in dire need of a replacement. Fortunately, the reports are building up on the subject, with the latest again setting 2017 as the replacement date. By then it will be almost eleven years old and the latest report is also again supporting the earlier rumors of the model being first showcased during the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next January.
Afterwards the dealerships will be stocked with the LS in May. That’s for the JDM-specification model that is being sold in Japan, meaning the US buyers will get it as a 2018 model year version. And to spice things up, we also have a rendering thanks to a Japanese magazine. The model should take inspiration from the LF-LC Concept and also come with the 2UR-GSE V8 from the LC 500 flagship coupe. Aside from the five-liter sporting 467 horsepower (348 kW), there will also be the hybridized option mating a 3.5-liter V6 with two electric motors, a Li-Ion battery, and two transmissions: a CVT and a four-speed automatic.
Via Lexus Enthusiast