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Next Generation Lexus LS to be a Fuel Cell Vehicle?

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According to Japanese magazine Best Car, the next-generation Lexus LS will be a Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) powered at least in part by hydrogen.

Not being able to read Japanese, I can only go by the pictures on the page — here’s the key illustration:

Lexus LS Fuel Cell Illustration

Let’s compare it to the Toyota Fuel Cell System found in the Toyota Mirai:

Lexus Toyota Mirai

There are some visible differences between the two setups, which makes sense — the Mirai has a drive motor capable of 151 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque, fine in a small car but wouldn’t work in the Lexus flagship sedan.

Even so, it’s tough to say if this Fuel Cell system would be a compliment to the next-generation LS’s internal combustion engine or replace it all together.

Here’s the full page from Best Car, if anyone out there can provide more details:

Lexus LS Fuel Cell Best Car Full Page

(And how about the headlights on the LS rendering? I might just like them.)

[Source: Best Car]

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    Lasse J. Nordvik
  • December 10, 2014
It seems a wee bit too good to be true that this technology would reach Lexus so soon,but I do love the idea!
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    Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов
  • December 10, 2014
It's good but honestly I was looking forward to technology from TS-040
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    BOSS
  • December 10, 2014
I think it looks disgusting, LED in the headlights please lol. LED outside looks good on the IS though.
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      Tinhinnh
    • December 10, 2014
    Looks like Infiniti M and Nissan Altima mated... no thanks!
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      Travis
    • December 10, 2014
    Nah I the LED outside the lights give lexus cars a very distinct look
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    DrazenDodig
  • December 10, 2014
it says 200hp fuel cell and 295hp electric motors... which is doable. It seems to be pretty light for LS as well. What I dont understand is the range - 384km under JC08 would be something like 180 miles under US mpg standards, which is too low for such vehicle.
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    Ayberk Yılmaz
  • December 10, 2014
Would be cool as a powertrain option
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    Travis
  • December 10, 2014
Nice to see lexus thinking ahead. Just hope the Next gen LS doesn't look like that lol
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    Jiri
  • December 10, 2014
I hope that its not gonna look like that.
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      RAL
    • December 10, 2014
    This rendering looks like a photo chopped conglomeration.
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    Levi
  • December 10, 2014
Hope that is not what the LS looks like. I personally would prefer it to take NX styling rather than RC.
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      Tinhinnh
    • December 10, 2014
    But buyers in this segment tend to prefer classy styling, the NX might be too futuristic looking for them.
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    Adriann06
  • December 10, 2014
This is an example of "Best Car" renderings to be trash. I know Lexus IS trying to make polarizing looks but I don't think they would make their flagship look like that. Also, if they were making a fuel cell lexus why don't they just put it on the CT or the IS?
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    DDas
  • December 10, 2014
NOOOOOOOO please no. this rumor better not be true.
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      Pedro Roldão
    • December 10, 2014
    Why!?
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      DDas
    • December 10, 2014
    Maybe it's just the rendering, but personally, I do not think Lexus will win more buyers with a fuel cell LS. They need to put in a new model that is the HS's size. If they do this to the LS and it fails, the classic LS will die.
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      Pedro Roldão
    • December 10, 2014
    It depends the point of view. To me the classic LS is the relentless pursuit of perfection. To that happens the LS must have the state of the art technology. And hydrogen powertrain is state of the art indeed. Fuel Cell LS will defently not bring more buyers, but I not believe this will be extended to all LS variants. A Fuel Cell LS would be a statement. Like the LFA was and is.
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      Alex
    • December 10, 2014
    The LS will never die. With how well it has been in the past and with the opportunity for a LS LSF LSH and possibly a fuel cell LS. Lexus is trying to make an LS for everyone. We need to step above Tesla now as well as the usual German competitors.
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      RAL
    • December 10, 2014
    Akio Toyoda has been reportedly in collaboration with Elon Musk over the new LS
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    Pedro Roldão
  • December 10, 2014
It would be a good move from Lexus. Obviously if it happens it would no be in the entire LS range, but on a specific model. Those headlights are cool.
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      Mike DeLorca
    • December 10, 2014
    Yes an addition the line up.....Lexus would not offer this only.....the yellow turn lamps are also cool with the headlamps. This would bring more sales along with more engine offerings. Lexus will be one of the first too !
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    Thomas
  • December 11, 2014
I pray to God the headlights wont look like that! That looks just awful.
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      Niks
    • December 11, 2014
    Do Agree with All. Firstly this Mags Illustrations are Far from True. Yes the LS could be using Fuel Cell and that would be Great for a Flagship Model. But the Looks as in this Illustration are aweful. Seriously Lexus should Really consider to come out of those Ever Weird Looking Headlamps. Yes LED Technology or Lasers are Welcome but Not in those Weird Shapes. Please Listen Lexus.
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    ray
  • December 11, 2014
For a start, it wont look like that (my source has seen the next gen LS, RX and GS-F) and its apparently getting a twin turbo V6 during its life at some point
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    disqus_VntT4mPv8t
  • December 30, 2014
Doesn't even look that good. It is very ugly in my opinion but I am a bigger fan of coupes anyways so.
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    Alex
  • January 23, 2015
It won't be a fuel cell vehicle. It will be a twin turbo V-8

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