Is Lexus Preparing a Fifth Generation LS?

Upcoming fifth-generation Lexus LS rumored to be based on LF-FC Concept.

Lexus rolled out the fourth generation LS back in 2006. Since that time, 2 generations of the Mercedes S-Class have been released.

Rumors are circulating that Lexus will reveal the fifth generation LS at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit this coming January.

Revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show last year, the LF-FC concept is rumored to be the model for the fifth generation LS while at the same time incorporating elements from the sleek LC coupe revealed at the North American International Auto Show last January.

When pressed on the interior of the upcoming LS, Lexus International Executive Vice President Mark Templin said that the new LS will feature “some cool interior stuff”. It is not known exactly what that means but Lexus is said to be improving technology and craftsmanship of the upcoming LS. This is impressive considering that the current generation LS was so well built.

The upcoming full-size sedan is expected to incorporate Lexus’ new rear-wheel-drive architecture that was first introduced in the LC. All-wheel-drive is expected to be an option in pricier versions of the LS as is a long-wheelbase version. Power is expected to come from the 5.0-liter V8 along with a hybrid 3.5-liter V6 seen on the upcoming LC 500h.

The fourth-generation LS is dated and a replacement is long overdue. Hopefully, Lexus is listening and will have a new production LS ready at the upcoming NAIAS.

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