Lexus LS - More dynamics for the luxury class

Lexus will launch its new flagship LS in early 2017

Lexus reissues its S-class competitor. The luxury sedan LS celebrated its premiere in January at the Auto Show in Detroit (January 8 to 22, 2017), and is expected to hit the German market later this year. A first photo shows an unusually dynamic front design in this segment, the manufacturer also speaks of a coupé-like silhouette. The LF-FC study presented in Tokyo in 2015 could serve as a model.

The four-door, which is again over five meters long, uses the technology of the recently introduced LC luxury coupe as a platform. Its engines, a 351 kW / 477 hp V8 and a gasoline hybrid with 264 kW / 359 hp are also likely to be adopted. The Toyota subsidiary usually goes to full lengths for its flagship in infotainment and security technology, but details are not yet known.

The Lexus LS leads a niche existence in Germany in the shadow of the top dogs Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class. Only 15 vehicles have been registered so far this year. Even an exotic like the Rolls-Royce Ghost finds more buyers in this country. In the United States and Japan, however, the large Lexus has regularly conquered the top of the bestseller lists in the luxury class since its debut 27 years ago. Most recently, however, he also came under pressure from the often younger competitors, among whom the Tesla Model S electric limousine has been in the line for some time. (Holger Holzer / SP-X)

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