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NAIAS 2017 Preview: Next-gen Lexus LS to make world debut

NAIAS 2017 Preview: Next-gen Lexus LS to make world debut image

Marcus De Guzman / Lexus | December 09, 2016 10:56

Lexus set to reveal all-new LS flagship sedan in Detroit

The model that started it all for Lexus, the LS, will be all-new come next year. The luxury marque recently announced that come 2017, they will be revealing the fifth-generation LS at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

According to Lexus, the new LS will have a more coupe-like silhouette. Based on the teaser image provided, the new LS will sport a more distinct spindle grill, along with a new set of headlights that appear to mimic the ones used on the 2017 IS.

Platform-wise, the upcoming LS will sit on Lexus' new global architecture called GA-L. Lexus claimed that the new rear-wheel-drive platform for the LS will be an extended version borrowed from the LC, the company's latest luxury coupe. The automaker expects that the new frame will allow the LS to deliver a more dynamic driving experience, while at the same time retain the plush ride quality the nameplate has been known for.

Lexus ended their statement by saying that the new LS will be equipped with the latest in in-car features, safety systems and appointments.

Details about its powertrain also remain a mystery but having mentioned that it shares the same platform as the LC, the LS could likely have the same engine lineup as the coupe.

To date, the LC has two engine choices. First up is the hybrid powertrain which consist of a 3.5-liter V6 that is helped along by a lightweight electric motor. It has a total output of 359 PS at 6600 rpm and 348 Nm of torque at 4900 rpm. It is mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox.

Next is the more powerful V8 which displaces 5.0-liters. Derived from the RC F coupe, the engine generates 473 PS and 527 Nm of torque. A 10-speed automatic gearbox then sends power to the rear wheels.

The 2017 North American International Auto Show will run from January 8 – 22, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan.