A modification running on the hydrogen will be the top version of the new Lexus LS. According to the British publication Autocar, the new car will appear on the market in 2019, and the company will borrow a number of technological solutions from its parent Toyota and Mirai running on the hydrogen.
The new generation of Lexus LS is largely based on the LF-FC concept car, shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2015, and its main competitors on the market will be Audi A8, BMW 7-series, Jaguar XJ and Mercedes-Benz S -Class. A hybrid propulsion system on the basis of the V8 with a capacity about 535-540 hp will be another "green" version of the luxury sedan.
A president of Lexus Europe Alain Uyttenhoven told that the company knows how to make a car using the fuel cells, the only challenge for them is to "put up" the fuel installation into the car that needs a certain performance level. Also, the president said that the installation of the fuel cells is perfect, but the company also needs to do some work to guarantee the right level of performance.
The concept car Lexus LF-FC is a four-wheel drive hybrid vehicle made using the fuel cells. The main axis is the rear one, where the main electric motor is installed, but the front axis is not free of attention - each of the front wheels has the own electromotor. The company notes that thanks to this innovative system they have managed to achieve the optimum torque distribution, the excellent steering response and the best possible weight distribution.
According to expectations, the new LS will take and other latest technologies and developments of Lexus. For example, it is expected that the car will be also completed with some functions of the autonomous driving, new interior solutions, including a new generation of touch-screens and multimedia system that recognizes gesture commands.
The company believes that in the next years, the spread of hydrogen fueling stations will grow at an exponential rate. Especially in large cities, such as London, Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo - where strict laws regulating the use of usual internal combustion engines will come into effect at the end of the decade.