Traveling back in time to the Detroit auto show of January 1989, the Lexus LS made its debut to the world. This was the original version of the popular luxury car that took the world by storm. It made quite and impression and found immediate fans who were delighted with the posh interior and the features that made it a desired vehicle in the auto industry. Lexus, known for manufacturing cars of high quality materials which are built for durability and high performance has done it again, twenty eight years later. Is it serendipitous that they will be unveiling the fifth generation model of the luxury car at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in the month of January?
What do we know about the new release?
We have the confirmation from Lexus that this dream car that they have been cogitating on is finally approaching its release. The LS is a luxury sedan that served as a flagship in the late 1980s and although they are playing their cards fairly close to the vest, we were able to gain some insights into what we can all expect at the unveiling. They have been willing to share that the new LS is being slated as a “world class car” They are also releasing just a few tidbits that indicate that it will feature a “bold new look with a coupe like silhouette.”
We believe that this bold new design that they’re alluding to will resemble the LF FC concept study that Lexus shared during the Tokyo motor show in 2015. The car stole the show and made quite the positive impression. That was a few yars ago and they’ve had plenty of time to work out the kinks and arrive at the perfect tweaking of their prototype. When we look back at the Lexus LS historically, we see a car that delivered high on luxury features including muting of road noise, a comfortable ride and enhanced fuel efficiency. It was truly a luxury sedan for the decade and they were built so well that many of them can still be seen on the road after all of these years have passed. We would be hard pressed to believe that Lexus would settle for anything less jarring than the original was in its heyday. This is what creates high expectations for the new model that we are so anxiously awaiting.
The new LS will becoming out in 2017 as a 2018 model. It is set to appear on January 9th and the mystery will finally be addressed. Here are the specifications that we expect to find. It will feature an all wheel drive platform which we now see in the 2018 Lexus LC. You’ll get a lower center of gravity so the car will be less rigid. Spy shots obtained show that there will be similarities to the LF FC concept with regard to proportions yet the track will be a little wider. It is expected that the LS will be offered in the LS 500 and LS 500h models. The rationale for this is because of the presentation that Lexus has made for the LC models. Now to get to the good stuff. We believe that we’ll see tow models with regard to power. The LC 500 is most likely going to be fitted with an aspirated 8 that belts out somewhere in the neighborhood of four hundred and seventy one horse power. The LS 500h will be outfitted with a V6 electric motor combination that delivers about three hundred and fifty four horse power.
What we expect in the future
There will most likely be a few new models that Lexus will launch. The rumor is that there are plans for the development of a high performance LS F. This car will feature the Lexus 5.0 liter V 8 in a turbocharged version that will offer six hundred horse power. We’ve also heard that the company is working on a technology demonstrator that will come with a hydrogen fuel cell for power. It has been suggested that this will be made available near the year 2020.
More details please?
If we had them we’d definitely be sharing them with you. But we don’t have long to wait until the debut of the new LS. This will put all rumors to rest and we’ll have the final verdict on this highly anticipated new luxury car. Fans will come with high expectations and features that Lexus has released has been just enough to whet the appetite for much more information. The waiting period is certainly good for building anticipation and for stimulating the imagination to make guesses as to what we will actually see and experience. We can still speculate and make our educated guesses which are usually close if not right on the money.
This is one of our greatest questions about the new LS. We have no clue what Lexus is planning for their onboard entertainment, navigation and passenger comfort systems. We could make a few guesses, but we’d probably be wrong. This is another aspect of the new LS that we have been left totally in the ark on. They’re not letting anything slip about the details, but we expect that it will be something on a grand scale.
The new 2018 Lexus LS is set for her debut and the time is quickly approaching. Lexus has been a bit stingy about letting us in on her secrets but they have made a promise that she will be a “world class car.” They pleased the public with the release of the original LS in 1989 and here we are just under thirty years later, expecting the same measure of pleasure at the new and modernized version. We’ve made our guesses and will have to wait to see if we were right, or even close, but based on the Lexus track record, it is our firm belief that we will not be disappointed with their final result. One thing is for certain, with the development of the new LS, Lexus has been able to keep a very good secret.