Next-Gen Lexus LS Rumored to Debut Later This Year

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The fifth-generation Lexus LS is rumored to debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

The Japanese automaker is looking to celebrate 25 years of sales with a new-generation flagship to better rival the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Rumor has it that the standard LS will come with a V8 engine sporting around 465 hp while a hybrid model will have a combined system output of about 535 hp.

The original Lexus LS400 launched in 1989 as a flagship sedan for the brand, which is currently in its fourth generation.

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Speaking to Autocar, Lexus European boss Alain Uyttenhoven said that the new model will be “more emotional” adding that it “will remain the pinnacle of the range and have the highest price point.” Uyttenhoven also denied rumors that the LS would get a Panamera-style liftback design, meaning it’ll maintain a traditional sedan style.

Recently, Lexus hinted that another flagship model is currently under development that would sit alongside the LS in the automaker’s lineup. That model will likely not be a sedan as Lexus seeks a halo sports car now that the LFA is no longer in production.

[Source: Autocar]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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