When Lexus unveiled the 2017 LC 500 luxury coupe at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Toyota’ premium brand was able to prove that its boring days are over. The same could also be said for the upcoming 2018 Lexus LS flagship luxury sedan which is set to be unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show as the new fifth generation model.
Actually, the new generation of Lexus’ flagship luxury sedan was previewed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show by the LF-FC concept. This concept highlights a new styling theme that exemplifies Lexus’ L-finesse design philosophy and offers a glimpse into the new design and technology direction of its future flagship sedan. At the front, the LF-FC concept features an evolved version of Lexus' signature grille with a new mesh design as well as floating "L-shaped" daytime running lights (DRL) that extrude from the front fenders. Meanwhile, the concept car’s rear features new taillights with the same floating theme as the DRL on the front. When viewed from the sides, the Lexus LF-FC concept features a roofline flowing from front to rear just like that of a four-door coupe.
While we can expect that the new 2018 Lexus LS luxury sedan would adopt several design elements from the Lexus LF-FC concept, we could also expect changes or a further evolution of the design. The front end of the new LS sedan could very well look like that of the 2017 Lexus LC 500 luxury coupe, especially with its headlights and daytime running lights.
However, the 2017 Lexus LC 500 luxury coupe features a smaller version of the signature grille and mesh design from the LF-FC flagship concept. Whether the 2018 Lexus LS sedan would adopt the larger grille of the LF-FC concept remains to be seen. We’ll have to wait for the Japanese premium carmaker to lift the veil off its new flagship. In addition, the Lexus LS– in its hidden form – features the same coupe-like rear of the LF-FC, indicating that the new sedan is not just made for cruising straight highways, but also for maneuvering on twisty roads.
The new 2018 Lexus LS luxury sedan will be underpinned by a modular vehicle platform called Global Architecture-Luxury (or GA-L) that also underpins the 2017 Lexus LC 500. This flexible Global Architecture-Luxury platform is expected to underpin a whole new generation of Lexus’ front-engine, rear-drive offering. Lexus has yet to release details about the powertrain to be fitted on the 2018 LS sedan. However, the carmaker could equip the LS sedan with versions of some engines available for the LC 500, including the 471-hp V8 mated to a 10-speed automatic, and a 354-hp gasoline-electric hybrid.
All will be revealed when Lexus unwraps the 2018 LS sedan barely a month from now at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.