According to a report originating from Japan, Lexus will introduce the fifth-generation LS in January 2017 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Lexus revealed the LF-FC concept (pictured here) at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show and now word on the street says Toyota’s premium marque is gearing up to introduce a production version at NAIAS next year. It will take the shape of the next-gen LS flagship model and apparently is slated to go on sale as early as May 2017. Reports indicate the design will remain faithful to the LF-FC concept, but at the same time it will also be partially influenced by the sleek LC coupe.
As far as the interior cabin is concerned, earlier this year we heard Lexus International Executive Vice President Mark Templin saying the new LS is going to feature “some cool interior stuff.” While that doesn’t actually say anything, Lexus did hint focus will be on improving technology and craftsmanship. Templin also mentioned they will be doing “some things” that have never been done before to an interior.
The all-new fullsize sedan is expected to become the second model after the LC to use Lexus’ new global rear-wheel-drive architecture, with optional AWD available on the pricier versions. A long-wheelbase LS is likely on the agenda as well to better compete with the Germans while for power it will use the familiar 5.0-liter V8 and the new hybridized 3.5-liter V6 seen in the LC 500h.
Taking into account the current, fourth-gen LS has been on sale since way back 2006, a replacement can’t come soon enough. Hopefully, this report is valid and Lexus will indeed have a new LS ready to display at next year’s NAIAS.
At the source link below you will find some renders of the 2018 LS which may or may not be close to the real deal.