Lexus continues its assault on boring cars with the 2018 LS

2018 Lexus IS teaser
Over the past few years, Lexus has refocused its efforts to become more exciting. The results have been mixed thus far, with the cars like the incredible and rare LFA taking the world by storm, but more accessible rides like the IS and GS F getting a bit lost in the mix. Still, things are looking up. The new LC 500 looks like a concept car in a good way, and the brand has just announced that the all-new LS will bow at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

We only have a cryptic teaser image to go on thus far, but many of the intense styling elements from the LC 500 appear to have carried over. The fifth-generation model is built on an extended version of the GA-L platform that underpins the LC, and Lexus says it will offer a more dynamic driving experience than its predecessor. We like the sound of that.

To that end, Lexus is expected to ditch the 4.6-liter, 386-horsepower V8 that powers the current LS in favor of the 5.0-liter, 471-hp V8 from the LC 500. The 354-hp hybrid powertrain from the LC 500h is likely to make an appearance as well, and it should inject some serious life into the automaker’s flagship sedan.

The Detroit Auto Show should be busy one for the folks at Toyota, because Lexus’ parent company will debut the next-gen Camry at the event. Like the cars we discussed above, the Camry looks to have significantly more personality than the version it replaces, at least in a aesthetic sense. Will these people-movers help Toyota and Lexus ditch their conservative image? For the answer, stay tuned to DT Cars for more Detroit Auto Show coverage. The event kicks off on January 8.


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