New Lexus Design Concept

Another motor show, another set of teaser images in the lead up to the event. What you’re looking at here is, in part, a new Lexus concept car that ‘captures the company’s vision of progressive luxury’, which is set to be unveiled at next week’s Toyota Motor Show.

Lexus hasn’t released any further details, so you’ll have to make do with what is admittedly a rather nice headlight cluster. This doesn’t look like a radical departure from the existing design language, as the teaser shot shows elements of the NX, RC F and IS models.

New Lexus LS in 2016

This has strengthened rumours that this could be a hint of the next generation Lexus LS, which is set to go on sale in 2016. The existing LS has been in production since 2006, so the new model is long overdue. Sales in the important US market have dwindled in recent years, following high points in 2007 and 2008.

The new Lexus LS is likely to feature a 5.0-litre V8 engine, along with a new LS 500h hybrid model.

Prices of the current model, which goes wheel-to-wheel with the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, start at £71,995.  The rear-wheel drive luxury saloon will need to be inch perfect to take on the Germans and win. Given the talk of ‘progressive luxury’, the LS is likely to offer a different take on what is a demanding segment.

The Design Concept will be one of 11 Lexus models on display. These include a the revised GS and the GS F super-saloon. The RX will be shown ahead of its international launch, before going on sale in the UK in January 2016. We’ll bring you more news on the concept when it is revealed on the 28 October.