Lexus plans new LS for 2016

Lexus will replace its flagship sedan in about two years.

A replacement for Lexus' LS flagship sedan is currently under development and should be ready for launch in about two year's time, a new report finds.

Lexus' current LS is starting to get a little long in the tooth, but it won't be too long before a replacement is on the market. According to Motor Trend, Lexus is prepping its next-generation LS for a 2016 market launch as a 2017 model year.

Throughout its existence the LS has been a luxury cruiser along the lines of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but that will reportedly change for the next iteration of the Lexus range-topper. Instead, Lexus will aim toward the sportier end of the market, with vehicles like the Jaguar XJ and Porsche Panamera in the LS' crosshairs.

To that end, the LS' base engine will be bumped form a 4.6L V8 to a more powerful 5.0L V8. The 2017 LS range will also finally see the addition of a high-performance F model. The LS F is expected to use a twin-turbocharged version of the 5.0L V8 good for 600 horsepower.

Naturally, Lexus will continue to offer a hybrid version of the LS. However, look for the gas-electric sedan to boast much better fuel economy numbers.

It might be a couple years until we see the production version of the 2017 LS, but expect Lexus to trot out a concept version sometime during the upcoming auto show season.

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