The next generation of the Lexus LS flagship sedan (chassis code XF50) is set to be unveiled as early as next year.
Above image: the current Lexus LS460 (2014 model year model shown)
Today we got some tips from our Toyota insider. The major news is the all-new designed LS will utilize a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber, in large percentage (as high as 80%) of its body structure.
Compared to the German competitors, the upcoming BMW 7-series (G11/G12) will use the similar approach, by incorporating the carbon fiber tube inside as the core of the aluminum structural parts; the current Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W222) is using aluminum and steel construction; while the Audi A8 is full aluminum.
Therefore, this will put the next Lexus LS ahead of its competitors from the material technology aspect.