Lexus Teases All-New 2018 LS Flagship Sedan Before NAIAS Debut

Lexus has announced today that the fifth-generation LS luxury saloon will make its world debut at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show in January.

The venue chosen for the premiere of the Japanese automaker’s flagship is anything but coincidental, as the original LS, which shook up the segment, was revealed at the NAIAS 28 years ago.

The 2018 LS will be underpinned by the brand’s new GA-L architecture that will essentially be an extended version of the one used in the LC 500 sports coupe, which bodes well for its driving characteristics.

From the teaser, it is clear that the new saloon will adopt the brand’s signature spindle grille, which gives it a sporty face. Lexus states that it will boast a coupe-like silhouette, a spacious cabin and all the comfort and latest tech customers expect from a luxury saloon.

Although there’s no other official info, we expect Lexus to launch its flagship with a V8, probably in hybrid configuration, while a zero-emissions hydrogen could also be on the cards for a later date.

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  • hwkr_01

    Thought this was an IS. The only difference looks like the wheels

    • Finkployd

      Yea well just like the lastests Mercedes, BMWs, Audis, Volvos, … VW, Skoda, Opel, Seat, Renault, Citroen, …

    • Tumbi Mtika
      • hwkr_01

        well of course. considering this is an LS which is totally different from the IS… Well aware but their corporate faces and grilles are so similar to one another its hard to distinguish sometimes..

        • Robert

          “but their corporate faces and grilles are so similar to one another its hard to distinguish sometimes” …and again like Finkployd mentioned, just like every Mercedes, BMWs, Audis, Volvos, … VW, Skoda, Opel, Seat, Renault, Citroen, …

  • RDS Alphard

    You can actually see the headlights & the DRL shapes , the DRL go so close to the wheel arches .

  • WG

    The grille looks like that on the latest Lexus RC. The evolution of the spindle grille is getting better.

    • I think the RX wears it best because the grill has horizontal lines that looks sculptured around the creases and angles flowing towards the front of the car. It gives the design symmetry which also helps it blend ‘into’ the design.

      Yet, this style of spindle grill is best for sports car because it diverts your attention to the front of the car, highlighting every corner of the grill, making you follow the angles and creases which then chase across the car, front to rear. It gives the design a lot of depth, perception and the age-old cliché attitude.

      Though arguably, it’s probably why it’s seen as marmite (love it or hate it) because it’s very, if you pardon the pun, in yer-face.

  • enthusia

    from what i can make of this image, the hood and fenders look very well sculpted. i’m excited to see what the whole car looks like inside and out.

  • nastinupe

    Looks good. I wonder if Lexus will ever make an Audi A7, Mercedes CLS, BMW 6 Series GC competitor. I believe that a car with that shape would look pretty amazing utilizing their current design language.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      The real question is, why do they need a separate model?

      • nastinupe

        Why does who need a separate model? Lexus? The cars that I mentioned are for a different type of customer.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    If it looks like the LF-FC bar a few, obvious details, It will look drop-dead gorgeous. The spindle grille is growing on me…

    • MultiKdizzle

      One can hope. But didn’t Lexus already deny it was based on the concept?

      • Tumbi Mtika

        They could be lying…

        • Carmaker1

          No they were not “lying”, but it’s not as if you would even know that.

          • Tumbi Mtika


      • Carmaker1

        That is correct. They didn’t officially deny anything, but said that it wasn’t 99% the same vehicle. As someone that has seen the car and prior to that, discovered a lot about the 200B programme and discussed beforehand (seeing it) on many websites the past 4 years, I pointed out some things and corrected misconceptions.

        The LS design to my knowledge, was approved much earlier in 2014 at Toyota’s HQ development centre, well before the LF-FC concept was even developed and LF-FC design approved months later on December 3, 2014 at Toyota’s Tokyo design studio.

        They could not base the production model on the concept, since the concept was developed many months after the production design during September and December 2014.

        The production car has been making the rounds in secret the past 2 years and its design was probably approved in the summer of 2014.

        You will see and know more about it in the coming weeks.

        • MultiKdizzle

          Wow – thanks for the information.

          Can you tell us if it’s at least an exciting design? For the record, I very much like the IS, NX, and LC. Will it push boundaries? Or not really?

          • Carmaker1

            You’re welcome. 🙂 I really cannot go into detail about anything I learned when I saw the car, so answering this is tricky. 🙁

            It is a good looking product and does remind me of an indirect competitor. I am referring specifically to the rear in this context. In a general sense, it does rock the boat and will debut much more world-firsts than even the LC coupe.

  • Eythan Aldrich

    renders incoming…….soon

  • Six Thousand Times

    The underpinnings look sexy. I wonder if they offer a see-thru body. 😉

    • getoffme

      That would be awesome. hahaha

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