Lexus Plans New LS for Detroit Auto Show

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CARS.COM — Toyota‘s Lexus luxury brand will unveil a redesigned LS flagship in January at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Related: 2017 Lexus LC 500: First Impressions

It will be the fifth generation of the big sedan, which competes against luxury sedans such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Jaguar XJ. The new LS will make its debut at the same venue where the original LS 400 rolled out in 1989 to launch the brand.

The redesigned LS will ride Lexus’ new premium rear-drive platform, dubbed GA-L, which it says is an extended version of the platform also being used for the new LC 500 sports coupe. Lexus says these underpinnings will allow the new LS to offer “a more dynamic driving experience.” While the model always has been noted for its refined, quiet cabin and no-drama composure — as well as value — driving performance has been more associated with its European rivals.

Lexus also says the new LS, which last had a freshening for 2013, will match rivals with “visionary technology” upgrades in addition to its luxury and space. Lexus released a cutaway teaser image that indicates the new LS will add some drama to its look, as well, with elements of the LC in its front-end design.

Specifics of powertrains and versions were not offered. Check back for our full coverage of the 2017 Detroit auto show for details.


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