Further information has been released about next year’s replacement for the Lexus LS
3 November 2005

Lexus has revealed further details of the forthcoming replacement for its LS flagship, along with this pair of images of the car that previews its design.

Insiders will only admit that the LF-Sh concept gives ‘strong pointers’ to the next-generation LS, but expect the production version to stick closely to the handsome LF-Sh shape when it arrives late next year.

Lexus claims the new car will ‘rewrite the rulebook’ for luxury cars, so expect the LS to employ a version of the LF-Sh’s petrol/electric hybrid drivetrain. Like the RX 400h and GS 450h, the hybrid would mates an electric motor with a petrol engine – a V8 in the case of the LS - in an effort to provide effortless performance with reduced emissions.

The LS is also expected to follow Mercedes’ new S-class with advanced accident avoidance and preparation systems, while improving on the current car’s famed cabin comfort and ride quality.

If predictions by automotive business experts EuroGlass’s are true, the LS will need to be good because it arrives in a declining market.

Sales of the large prestige brand ‘big four’ (BMW 7-series, Mercedes S-class, Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ) have declined by over 25 per cent in the last four years as buyers move into premium-brand off-roaders and coupés.

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