Report: New Lexus LS to Mark 25th Anniversary with Tokyo Debut

Rumors indicate two V-8 powertrains, one a hybrid.

Lexus shocked the world with the LS400 in 1989, offering a degree of quality and sophistication previously unheard of from a Japanese automaker. Now, 25 years after the German-beating luxury full-size sedan went on sale, Lexus may be poised to debut the latest Lexus LS at this year’s Tokyo auto show.

According to Autocar, the new Lexus LS will serve as a foundation for technology to trickle down into the rest of the Lexus and Toyota lineups. And as Lexus’ European chief Alain Uyttenhoven has said before, the LS will continue to inhabit the brand’s highest price point.

Details on the upcoming Lexus LS are scant at this point, but we have heard that its styling will be “more emotional” than it has been in the past. We expect the LS to adopt the bolder and more aggressive styling we’ve come to know from recent new Lexus models like the NX crossover and IS sedan, although Uyttenhoven has stressed the importance of differentiating a pinnacle car like the LS.

Musings to the new Lexus LS powertrain point to two V-8 models, one using a hybrid setup. A high-output version of the brand’s 5.0-liter V-8 could make about 465 hp, while the hybrid variant is projected to make about 535 hp.

Although it isn’t going to arrive before 2018, the resurrected Lexus SC will utilize these two powerplants, as well. Riding on the same platform as the Lexus LS, the SC could also offer a high-powered F variant with twin-turbocharging and more than 600 hp.

Look for more details on the Lexus LS as we approach the Tokyo auto show this fall.

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