As it has been confirmed by fresh spy photos, Lexus is due to launch the next generation of the LS flagship sedan for the 2018 model year. Since the current iteration of this model has been around since 2007, the all-new LS will definitely come as a much-needed change. Moreover, the LS has always been Lexus’ most innovative model, announcing the company’s new design philosophy and technological development. In that regard, expect the 2018 Lexus LS to feature the revolutionary hydrogen fuel cell technology borrowed from the Toyota Mirai as the pioneer in this area. We are also eager to find out to what extent the upcoming LS will resemble the head-turning LF-LC Concept that made its debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. If everything goes according to plan, the new LS might make its world debut in early 2017 before hitting the market later in the year.
Although the spied prototype is still in the early stages of development, some of its styling cues are discernable under the camouflage. According to the available pictures, the 2018 Lexus LS will be greatly influenced by the aforementioned LF-LC Concept. Apart from a new take on the company’s trademark spindle-grille, the brand new LS should sport a sleeker roofline. The hood and especially the new trunk appear to be more pronounced than before, giving the redesigned LS a more imposing appearance.
2018 Lexus LS Interior
Unfortunately, details concerning the cabin design are still scarce. However, the company officials have recently hinted that the upcoming model will boast “some cool interior stuff”. When it comes to technology, it goes without saying that the LS should display the brand’s most advanced systems and amenities. In addition to semi-autonomous driving capabilities, Lexus might surprise us with several class-first technological features.
2018 Lexus LS Engine
The base LS is rumored to get the 5.0-liter V8 that was first introduced in the 2015 RC F. A plug-in hybrid version is also speculated about, although we are still in the dark when it comes to specifications. As mentioned earlier, the 2018 Lexus LS is being prepared to adopt the groundbreaking hydrogen fuel cell powertrain. It will make this car more exclusive than ever before. As for the output figures, we’ll be watching closely for any new information to surface in the coming months.
The arrival of the 2018 Lexus LS will definitely mark a new era not only for this automaker, but possibly for the whole luxury sedan segment. If some of these speculations turn out to be true, the upcoming LS will definitely take things to a whole new level.