Lexus Teases New Concept Bound for Tokyo, Likely Previews Next LS Flagship

Lexus Teases New Concept Bound for Tokyo, Likely Previews Next LS Flagship 1 photo
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The current generation Lexus LS is about ten years old, making it the geriatric of the full-size luxury sedan segment. And why would Lexus replace it, when sales are nowhere near those of its rivals or the smaller Lexus models? Well, now the Japanese car company is making more money than ever, and it can afford to splurge out on the finer things in life.
A teaser photo for a new concept car was shown yesterday through the official media outlet. We can see the headlight unit of a mystery model that they plan to unveil at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. What has that got to do with the Lexus LS? Everything.

Reports had been suggesting Lexus was preparing a new glimpse into the design of its future luxury vehicle even before the teaser photo came out. The all-new LS is a huge project, and they can't seem to keep it under wraps.

If you've been following the growth of the Lexus brand these past couple of years, you guys already know the drill. They first show us a concept that's usually called LF-something, wait for the panties to drop, and then put it into mass production.

So what can we say about the teaser? Well, three is a lucky number, and it's also commonly used in interior design. Not surprisingly, there are three clusters in each headlight, presumably all packing some sort of LED goods, although lasers are also possible. Below that, we find a trim piece that's shaped like one of those armor-piercing arrows you see in medieval movies. It's either a symbol of masculinity like in Volvo's case or a sign that the LS will pierce the competition through the heart… we don't know.

Although there will be new versions, the LS will continue to use the V8 and V8+electric setups. The normal model is said to have 465 hp, which would suggest it's using the 5-liter of the RC F, not the current 4.6-liter. Does that mean we should call it the LS 500 now? As for the 600h, it's said to deliver 535 ponies, which sounds very impressive.

But the real story with the next generation luxury model is that it will be available with the Mirai's fuel cell system. A refined, large, futuristic house on wheels that only emits water - now that's interesting.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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