Lexus LS 350 Trademark Registered in Japan

Lexus LS 350 Prototype

Lexus has trademarked the LS 350 nameplate in Japan, suggesting that the next-generation flagship sedan may be offered with a V6 engine option for the very first time.

The 350 engine designation is the most common in the Lexus lineup, and likely means the LS will get some variation on the 2GR V6 engine that’s been used in the ES, RC, and everything else in between.

Prototypes of the next-generation LS have been spotted around the world, most recently in Death Valley, California for hot-weather testing. The new model introduction is rumored to be at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

(The LS 350 trademark is #2016069316, and was filed at the Japanese Trademark Office on June 27, 2016. Thanks Matt!)