The motoring press has reported that Lexus has filed a trademark for “LS 500h” in Europe, stirring rumours that a new model variant could be in the pipeline. The current LS is Lexus’ range topper, a long and luxurious saloon that is also a high performer.
Rumours are that the new trademark could be for an LS fitted with a new powertrain, potentially a 4.0-litre unit that links up with the firm’s hybrid system. It has also been suggested that the 600h will simply be rebadged, potentially after a facelift.
At present there are two LS versions on sale in the UK – the LS 460 and the LS 600h L. The former gets a 4.6-litre 387HP V8 engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox which combine to carry the car from 0-60mph in approximately 5.7 seconds. The LS 600h L has added muscle under the bonnet as its 5.0-litre V8 produces 394HP and includes Lexus’ hybrid technology. A 0-60mph sprint takes around 6.3 seconds and yet the vehicle returns up to 32.8mpg combined too.
Any new LS version would see the manufacturer apply more pressure to its rivals Audi and BMW at the top of the luxury saloon segment, particularly when it comes to fleet sales. Today’s LS models appeal equally to both private and business motorists, and you can find out more with Lancaster Lexus. Speak to your local dealership for more information and to schedule a test drive.