The 2017 Lexus LS is reportedly debuting at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in October and a new report released by Autocar reveals several details about the all-new model.
The range-topping flagship Lexus in its fifth generation would be powered by a V8 hybrid powertrain that generates around 535 bhp. A lower-priced non-hybrid model would be powered by a V8 engine producing around 465 bhp. The fifth generation LS is said to be underpinned by a new rear-wheel drive platform.
Alain Uyttenhoven, Head of Lexus Europe, has said that all-new LS will be “more emotional”. It won’t be a liftback though, as a liftback styling would negatively affect the utility of the car. Explaining how, Mr Uyttenhoven, said: “You have to understand how our customers use these cars. In the US if they want to carry things they also have a pick-up and in China most of them are driven, while they sit in the back.”
The next-gen LS is likely to have a more distinct styling, as per the report.
“It’s not good for the brand to have ‘Russian doll’ styling,” he said. “We’re not chasing market share so we need to make cars that people notice, cars that polarise opinion so that people love them or don’t like them. We also need to trade on Japanese differentiation, design and attention to detail.”
Following the Tokyo Motor Show world premiere, Lexus could stage the North American debut of 2017 LS at the 2015 Los Angeles Motor Show in November. Its sales can be expected to commence in H2 2016.