It should not be surprising that Toyota’s Lexus luxury brand is still keen on hybrids.
Toyota hybrids have sold more than any other car manufacturers, with luxury cars selling Lexus brand totaling more than 10 million.
This trend will continue with the 2018 Lexus LS 500 h, the brand’s flagship sedan hybrid version, next month will also be launched at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
The hybrid will re-design the second power system to select LS, which was released at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2017.
The other is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo v6 engine in the 500 LS model, mating in a ten-speed car out of control automatic transmission.
Lexus did not provide any details of the 2018 LS 500 h hybrid system, releasing only one photo of the sedan, which is distinguished by its different types of models mainly related to inscribed.
The previous-generation LS 600h hybrid model used a 5.0-liter V-8 engine and a version of the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive system, with all-wheel drive.
Given that Lexus is downsizing from a V-8 to a V-6 in the non-hybrid LS 500 model, it seems entirely possible that the hybrid will use a smaller gasoline engine as well.
That might at least help the new model return better fuel economy than its predecessor, which was more focused on power output, and sold in very small numbers.
One possibility is that Lexus will adapt the powertrain from its other new high-end hybrid, the LC 500h coupe.
That model uses a new “Multi Stage Hybrid System” that combines a traditional hybrid powertrain—based around a 3.5-liter V-6—with a 4-speed automatic transmission.
The geared automatic transmission was added to give the LC 500h a sportier and more engaging driving experience, according to Lexus.
It is unclear if such a feature will be used in the LS 500 h, which may be the pursuit of a more stable, more leisurely luxury car feel.
Previous reports also point out that Lexus is considering a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that may be based on LS, launched around 2020.
The car may be launched with the 2020 Olympic Games, which will be held in other venues in Tokyo and Japan.
Toyota Lexus parents have been one of the strongest supporters of fuel cell vehicles and see this as a better choice for battery-powered cars pursued by other carmakers.
But Toyota now eases its view and plans its own battery powered car.