Details of the next generation Lexus LS are still scarce, although the company admits the recently unveiled Lexus LF-Sh concept provides strong pointers for the styling and dimensions of the new flagship LS model.

Its powerful and elegant lines are a further development of Lexus’s L-finesse design language, as already witnessed in this year’s new GS and IS models.

Presenting the car, Lexus Development Centre Manager Takeshi Yoshida said: “The LF-Sh is conceived as the Lexus brand’s flagship saloon of the future and represents Lexus’s ‘pursuit of perfection’. It is an impressive and elegant vehicle that delivers high standards of ride quality, comfort, safety and environmental performance.”

Demonstrating Lexus’s advances in advanced drive-train technology, the LF-Sh is powered by a hybrid system combining electric motors and V8 petrol engine, driving all four wheels. This system offers exceptional acceleration, while delivering much lower emissions levels than conventional engines with similar outputs.

The concept vehicle also incorporates ground-breaking systems designed to increase accident avoidance performance.

Lexus anticipates a new LS model being ready for launch by the end of 2006.