After four years of rumors about a Lexus LS powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, the chief engineer of the flagship sedan says the carmaker's working on even more options. Toshio Asahi told Australia's GoAuto that three alternative powertrains — plug-in hybrid, full electric, and hydrogen — are "all on the table" for consideration. Asahi wouldn't give any timeframes, but whenever they arrive, additional drive options would fill out the LS range to better contend with the Germans.
It's a design-forward autonomous vehicle that isn't half-bad looking.
The LS+ also shows of the direction of Lexus design.
Still no word on fuel economy, but expect significant improvements.
Not exactly what we hoped for, but still pretty good.
The new LS will share a chassis, and possibly more, with the gorgeous LC coupe.
Bose does audio, but it also toyed with an adaptive suspension system that could have been a game-changer – if only it weren't so heavy and expensive. CNET checks it out in this latest video.
Lexus reveals the LF-FC concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, providing a glimpse at what the next-generation LS flagship luxury sedan could look like.
Toyota isn't going to let its Olympic sponsorship go to waste. In time for the 2020 games in Tokyo, the company wants to have at least eight new vehicles ready, including three possibly powered by fuel cells.
Lexus will unveil refreshed versions of two existing models on Thursday ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It isn't saying just which models they will be, but we can take an early guess or two.
Toyota is rumored to be leveraging the technology from the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle and placing it into a future flagship model of the Lexus LS. The proposed luxury sedan could debut by 2017 with a range possibly just below that of the Mirai and slightly tweaked styling to cool the new components.
When Lexus unveiled the LF-C2 concept at the LA Auto Show last week, it did two things: it previewed the direction in which the Japanese luxury automaker's design department was looking for the immediate future, and it previewed a cabrio version of the RC coupe (to replace the IS Convertible) on the other. But the latter, according to new reports, was ruled out before the concept ever took the stage.
The 2015 model-year updates for the LS are certainly minor, but at least Lexus isn't letting its flagship sedan languish completely.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this story indicated that Lexus had decreased the turning radius of select models by four inches. Lexus spokesperson Allison Takahashi has issued a correction for "a conversion error in our 2015 Lexus LS press kit... The LS actually had an increase in turning radius, by 3.9 inches, for vehicles equipped with 18-inch wheels." The story has been updated to reflect the correct information.
The Lexus LS is old. Sure, it received a refresh for model year 2013, but it hasn't had a clean-sheet redesign since George W. Bush was in office. It's the oldest vehicle in its segment, debuting in 2007, a full year before the current-gen BMW 7 Series, two years before the Hyundai Equus and Jaguar XJ and three years before the Audi A8.