The current Lexus’ LE full-size luxury sedan isn’t the most competitive car at the moment. The fourth-generation LS has been on the market since 2006, so as it is 10 years old, it can’t really fight against the models like it is Mercedes’ new S-Class or BMW 7-Series. However, this is gonna change very soon, because Toyota’s luxury division works on the successor, which will be introduced sometime next year as the 2018 Lexus LS.
We just spotted the testing model for the first time. It’s still totally covered with heavy camouflage so we can’t say for sure what’s happening beneath. However, it is quite evident that the new generation LS sports a wide and more aggressive front end, as well as very massive grille. The new bumper isn’t completely covered because it feature a number of sensors, which is a reason more to believe there will be some kind of autonomous driving and plenty of driver assistance systems. Still, don’t expect fully autonomous driving form the 2018 Lexus LS. Instead, Toyota’s luxury flagship sedan will have some semi-autonomous features.
Except of the all-new styling, the updated and light-weight bones and upgraded technology, the 2018 LS will also feature some new engines. As we have heard, there will be some kind of V8, as well as a plug-in hybrid. Still, the most interesting option will be a hydrogen-powered LS sedan. Yes, the Japanese car manufacturer plans to introduce the hydrogen LS that’s going to use the same powertrain as the Toyota Mirai.
As we said before, Lexus’ next generation full-size sedan will be introduced sometime next year, and will hit the showrooms a bit latter, also in 2017. The base model won’t change the price at all, at least we think so.
Stay tuned for updates.