2017 Lexus LS test mule spy shots - Image via Mag-XEnlarge Photo
Lexus is working on a new rear-wheel-drive platform that will underpin a new generation of the brand’s LS flagship sedan as well as a new high-end coupe serving as the spiritual successor to the SC. We’ve already reported a lot on the coupe, which is expected to be called an LC and feature styling inspired by 2012’s LF-LC concept car, but now we have some details on the new LS sedan.
The current LS was introduced for the 2007 model year and has since received a series of updates to keep up with its German rivals as well as fend off newcomers from Korea, the most recent updating being 2013’s addition of the brand’s spindle grille. This all-new LS will be arriving on the market next year, as a 2017 model.
The image above shows a test mule for the car, with the new mechanicals hidden beneath the makeshift body of a current, fourth-gen model. It’s one of several images from Japan’s Mag-X that have been uploaded to the ForoCoches forum. From the images, we can gather that the new LS will feature similar proportions to the current model but with a slightly wider track.
According to recent trademark filings, the new LS will initially arrive in LS 500 and LS 500h flavors. This ties in with previous reports claiming the new LS will feature the brand’s 5.0-liter V-8 common to the RC F and GS F models in a base LS 500 model, and a new hybrid setup in a LS 500h model. This hybrid model will most likely be powered by a V-6-based hybrid setup rated at about 500 hp (such a setup was previewed in the LF-LC concept).
Further down the track some new variants will be launched. We’ve heard that one of these will be a high-performance LS F complete with a twin-turbocharged version of the Lexus 5.0-liter V-8 good for 600 hp. There are also rumors that a technology demonstrator powered by a hydrogen fuel cell may be launched at some point.
Stay tuned for updates as development progresses.