The 2017 Lexus LS is reportedly set to have its world premiere at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in October. With the MY2017, the LS will enter its fifth generation. The all-new car will likely be available in two grades initially – LS500 and LS500h.
SteeringNews.com has uncovered that Toyota’s U.S. subsidiary applied for the ‘LS500h’ trademark on May 22 and then for the ‘LS500’ on August 04 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The ‘LS500h’ and ‘LS500’ trademarks applications have been filed in Australia as well, on May 25 and August 04 respectively. The Japanese automaker filed the ‘LS500h’ and ‘LS500’ trademark applications in Europe also, on May 22 and August 03 respectively.
The 2017 Lexus LS is said to be underpinned by a new rear-wheel drive platform that will also form the basis for a new grand tourer. Reports say that the all-new model will sport the 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine from the RC F in the LS500 grade. The LS500h would be the hybrid model, possibly comprising a V6 engine married to an electric motor. A high performance LS F high performance grade could be added to the range in the future, but that’s a discussion for later.
The 2017 Lexus LS can be expected to have its North American premiere at the 2015 LA Auto Show in November and go on sale in H2 2016.