New range-topping Lexus LS sedan will be presented at the Detroit motor show in January before going on sale in 2018.
It will then be launched with the option of hydrogen energy in 2019, as the company looks to capitalize on leadership in fuel cell technology, Toyota Mirai installed its parent company.
A Lexus rival to the Audi A8, BMW 7 series, Jaguar XJ and Mercedes-Benz S-class will be largely based on the LF-FC concept car that was unveiled at the Tokyo motor show in 2015. HP is also expected to be sold with the choice of hybrid V8 powertrain producing around 535bhp.
The boss of Lexus Europe Alain Uyttenhoven said: “We know how to make fuel cells and the only problem is how to package a fuel cell in a car that also needs a certain level of performance”. He, however, did not confirm the plans for BOS. “Buyers “premium” have certain expectations. To clarify, fuel cells are perfect, but we also need to do some work to demonstrate the desired level of performance.”
In the hydrogen LF-FC concept was a single electric motor powering the rear wheels, with electricity sent to two in-wheel electric motors on the front.
Its drive system has allowed to distribute the torque to all four wheels, resulting in “exceptional handling and excellent stability of the road.”
In addition, the placement of the control unit power to the front and storage tanks for hydrogen in the configuration of the ” T ” has been said to provide “optimal” weight distribution for a sports sedan.
LF-FC also had two driving modes. In cruise mode, the fuel cell stack into the hydrogen and created electricity to drive the motor and recharge the battery. In the acceleration mode, and the battery and the fuel cell stack has a main electric motor car and its wheels, electric motors for maximum power.
New BOS – which are expected to be available with conventional powertrains in 2018 – planned technological showpiece for Lexus, with several Autonomous features, a new look interior, which includes front and rear touch screens and features such as gesture control of the infotainment system. It will be based on the new Lexus ha-L platform, which will first be used on the new Lexus LC500 and LC500h sports cars.
The distribution of hydrogen fuel stations is expected to grow exponentially until 2019, but reports show that Lexus is still predicted that the hydrogen versions of LS sell “in the hundreds, not thousands” and sales will be focused in large cities, such as London, Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo, where the diesel is expected to be banned by 2020.