2018 Lexus LS teased: luxury saloon will rival Mercedes S-Class

Lexus has released this teaser picture of its new range-topping LS saloon ahead of its debut at January’s Detroit Auto Show.

While the picture doesn’t reveal a great deal about the new LS, it does suggest its styling will be similar to the Lexus LC500 coupe.

The current Lexus LS has received only minor changes since 2006 and is looking dated alongside rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series.

With prices of the outgoing model starting at £99,995 (in 600h L guise), buyers are right to expect something a bit special – and Lexus will be looking to offer that in the new model, which will be packed with technology.

Based on the same GA-L platform as the LC500, the 2018 LS will feature autonomous driving functions, front and rear touchscreens – and it’s likely to use hydrogen power.

The hydrogen-powered LF-LC concept car, which previewed the new LS at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, used two in-wheel electric motors at the front, while a larger electric drive motor powered the rear wheels.

More conventional powertrains are expected when the LS first goes on sale in 2018. Expect the line-up to mirror that of the LC500 – so there’ll be a hybrid 3.5-litre V6 on offer, alongside a range-topping V8.

We’ll find out more about the 2018 Lexus LS at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January.