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For many Lexus enthusiasts, the notion of a Lexus LS – the flagship of the brand since its debut in 1989 – being anything other than a full size sedan is laughable. But in the face of a massive consumer shift to crossovers, could the sixth generation LS do the unthinkable?
The explosion of new luxury crossovers marks a consumer shift to utility vehicles, and many sedans have become victims of that trend, including Lexus’ own GS. Last year, light trucks and crossovers accounted for a whopping 76% of all vehicles sold in the United States. It’s become increasingly difficult to make the case for production cars, even at the high-end level of the Lexus LS.
The LS also sees competitive pressure from within its own lineup. With the seventh-generation ES sedan shifting to the full-size TNGA-K architecture, the vehicle now offers better or comparable rear seat...
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