Lexus Teases Coming 'Progressive Luxury' Concept Car

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

Lexus released Wednesday a hint of what’s to come from the automaker’s 2015 Tokyo Motor Show display. According to the automaker, Lexus will be showing their “vision of progressive luxury” — which is vague-booking at its finest.

Although many believe the concept will be the automaker’s next-generation LS — which is certainly plausible considering Mercedes-Benz S Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, et al. — it could be something different; Lexus has the Mirai and new Prius (aka CT) to play with from Toyota.

If it is an LS concept, it’s almost certainly going to include an alternative powertrain.

Toyota last week said that company aimed to sell 30,000 hydrogen-powered cars by 2020 — it sold 1,500 last year — and its flagship Lexus sedan could be the right kind of vehicle for an alternative powertrain display. (Whether that makes it into a production version remains to be seen.)

The current-generation LS is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 that makes 386 horsepower. Autocar reports that the next-generation LS could be powered by Lexus’ 5-liter V-8 with direct and port injectors borrowed from its IS-F and RC-F, possibly mated to a hybrid system.

The Tokyo Motor Show begins Oct. 28.

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  • Ajla Ajla on Oct 21, 2015

    It is keeping a V8 and getting an actual INCREASE in displacement? How often does that happen these days? Lexus is going to be offering 5 models with a V8.

    • Bball40dtw Bball40dtw on Oct 21, 2015

      The last time something went from 4.6L to 5.0L was the Mustang and F150. Lexus already uses the 5.0L in the LS600h, as well as other vehicles, so it makes sense to get rid of the 4.6L.

  • Jezza819 Jezza819 on Oct 21, 2015

    I think it's something to do with the LS. If and when they decide to change the CT they're not going to make a big deal about it.

  • Fishiftstick Fishiftstick on Oct 21, 2015

    Progressive luxury-so I assume it will have fair trade organic brake fluid?

  • Noble713 Noble713 on Oct 22, 2015

    Looks a lot like the headlights from the FT1/next-gen-Supra: