Will be launched in Japan in Autumn 2017.
While India awaits the brand's impending domestic entry, international markets await the next-gen Lexus LS due next year. In the latest, an article published in Best Car magazine, as translated by Lexus Enthusiast forum member White Beach, says that the next-gen Lexus LS will be launched in Japan in 3.0-litre turbo and 3.5-litre V6 hybrid models.
The 2018 Lexus LS will measure 5,225 mm in length and 1,900 mm in width, and have a wheelbase longer than 3,000 mm. In comparison, the current JP-spec Lexus LS measures 5,090 mm (LWB - 5,210 mm) in length and 1,875 mm in width, and has a wheelbase of 2,970 mm (LWB - 3,090 mm). The all-new model's design is expected to be inspired by that of the Lexus LF-FC concept.
The fifth-gen Lexus LS could be based on the brand’s all-new, premium rear-wheel-drive luxury platform that is part of the new corporate global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA-L). The piece from the Japanese magazine states that the 3.5-litre hybrid 4WD model will have a fuel economy rating of 16.2 km/l. The company is targeting a fuel economy of 18.6 km/l for the 3.5-litre RWD model. A 5.0-litre V8 model should be offered additionally in global markets like the Middle East, China and USA.
The new Lexus LS will go on sale in Japan in Autumn 2017 (September-November 2017) with prices starting at around 10 million Yen (INR 63,60,242.25). The company's Indian line-up will initially include the RX 450h, ES 300h and LX 570, and it is only a matter of time for the flagship saloon to launch in India, to challenge the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and the Jaguar XJ.
[Source: Lexus Enthusiast]