completely new Lexus LS tipped to mark 25th anniversary

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Next-generation luxury saloon could be seen at This kind of year’s Tokyo motor show

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A completely new Lexus LS flagship saloon could be revealed at This kind of year’s Tokyo motor show, as the firm looks to celebrate 25 years of sales having a landmark launch.

The completely new LS — a rival to the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series as well as Mercedes-Benz S-Class — will be eagerly anticipated because the idea could act as a technology showpiece for the entire Lexus as well as Toyota ranges, highlighting developments which are drip-feed through to future cars.

Unconfirmed reports suggest which the completely new range-topping saloon via Toyota’s luxury brand will be powered by a V8 hybrid powertrain developing around 535bhp.

A V8-powered LS, without the hybrid system, will be tipped to develop around 465bhp.

Lexus’s first car, the LS400, was launched in late 1989 after being revealed at which year’s Detroit motor show. the idea was reputed to have cost a billion dollars to develop as well as set completely new standards of refinement for luxury saloons.

The company’s European boss Alain Uyttenhoven has already said your vehicle will become “more emotional”, saying: “The LS will remain the pinnacle of the range as well as develop the highest cost point.”

He also denied rumours which the luxury saloon was going to adopt a Porsche Panamera-style liftback: “You have to understand how our customers use these cars. from the US if they want to carry things they also have a pick-up as well as in China most of them are driven, while they sit from the back.”

Uyttenhoven refused to be drawn on the details of what will be meant by “more emotional”, nevertheless the idea’s likely to include more distinct styling for the next LS.

“the idea’s not not bad for the brand to have ‘Russian doll’ styling,” he said. “We’re not chasing market share so we need to make cars which people notice, cars which polarise opinion to ensure which people love them or don’t like them. We also need to trade on Japanese differentiation, design as well as attention to detail.”

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