Lexus LS+ Concept Previews Revised Styling Language

As Lexus pushes forward with the development of autonomous technologies, it has just unveiled the LS+ Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show.

The vehicle provides a look at the next-generation LS and adopts the firm’s next-generation design philosophy. It, therefore, retains the brand’s familiar Spindle Grille and combines it with a set of new cooling and aerodynamic intakes, partly laser-lit headlights and taillights and small cameras rather than traditional wing mirrors.

Technology wise, the Lexus LS+ Concept features ‘Highway Teammate’, a system that promises to provide autonomous driving from a highway entrance ramp through to the exit ramp. Set to be introduced in 2020, the system can also offer automated merging and lane changes while retaining a safe distance to the vehicle in front.

It doesn’t appear as though Lexus has designed an interior for the concept or even thought about its powertrain. Nevertheless, one particularly interesting element we’ve noticed is that the huge Spindle Grille can actually open and close depending on driving and environmental conditions.

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  • gor134

    Interesting… headlights remind me of the LFA when looking at it from the front.

  • tvrfly57689

    This is why i love Carscoops , They cover cars quick!

  • Six Thousand Times

    Highway teammate? You know, I have thought sometimes about trying to pick up some blockers out there…

  • Kaisuke971

    Another manufacturer doing the tail light strip thing…

  • Honda NSX-R

    This looks fucking crazy…

  • Mynameis Taylor

    the subtle tweeks work

  • Mynameis Taylor

    I like the light treatment for the front and the back so much better

    • Mill0048

      It’s a smorgasborg of depth and texture. I really am drawn to the sinew like taillights.

  • Dennis Scipio

    Wow, they are really exaggerating their grill, aren’t they?

  • CarCzarDesigner

    Interesting, but this seems like more of gimmick than real luxury.

  • Ruel Lewis

    Way too busy, to the point of ugly and i like the current Lexus design.

  • “Spindle Grille can actually open and close”

    NOW THAT’S A FRIGHTENING THOUGHT.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      They’ve evolved…

  • Able

    Provides a look at the next generation LS??? But they only just released the current one!

  • Bash

    Very engaging.. big like!

  • Leo76

    Nightmare

  • Ary Wisesa

    It looks sophisticated and futuristic. I like it!

  • Bugatti Andrea Ettore

    ugly front

  • Nathan

    Much better! The initial concept was a stunner but the actual car looks fugly when it was launched. This is a strong improvement. I remember when the first LS came out and used to dream about them in the TIME magazine when it was a kid… How things have changed…

  • SteersUright

    The all new LS should’ve looked more like this. The car they put out is a huge geriatric disappointment in the styling dept.

  • Auto

    How did they manage to make it uglier?

  • LWOAP

    That grill is fucking massive. I reckon it might have even gotten bigger.
    I take it cooling must not be an issue.

    • Enter Ranting

      Most of the grille on the current LS is fake. It’s like they know their grille is a joke, but instead of admitting it was a mistake, they’re doubling down.

  • pjl35

    Why the hell are they already previewing the next LS instead of previewing the new ES/GS or IS? Sigh.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Oh my god.

    …Why?

  • botornot387

    and Lexus continues the trend of ugly and weird.

  • Enter Ranting

    This is Lexus in full silly mode. The new Mazda Vision Coupe makes this overwrought mess look like a joke.

  • OdysseyTag

    The rear light treatment works on this.

  • Big Black Duck

    in the entire automotive industry..I think the Japanese brands are the only ones pushing the design envelope…. they may not be to everyone’s liking…but that’s how innovation starts…

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