A decade after entering its fourth generation in 2006, the Lexus LS is set to enter its fifth generation next year and likely go on sale for model year 2017 in North America. The 2017 Lexus LS was previewed by the Lexus LF-FC concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show last month. A speculative rendering by Remco Meulendijk of RM.Design mashes up the LF-FC concept with Lexus’ latest production-spec styling to preview how the 2017 Lexus LF-FC may look like.
Reports say that the 2017 Lexus LS will be based on a new rear-wheel drive platform that will later be used for the Lexus LC coupe as well. Liftback styling would be really great if aesthetics is considered, but it would undermine utility. As the LS would be a chauffeur-driven vehicle, high rear-seat comfort would be essential, ruling out anything other than a conventional saloon body type.
The range-topping 2017 Lexus LS will reportedly be powered by a V8 hybrid powertrain that produces a maximum power output of around 535 bhp. There will also be a non-hybrid model sporting a V8 engine delivering a maximum power of about 465 bhp. The top-spec hybrid and non-hybrid models will likely be called ‘Lexus LS500h’ and ‘Lexus LS500’ respectively, as suggested by trademark filings in USA and Australia which we reported about in August.
[Image Source: RM.Design]