2017-lexus-ls-460-redesign-review

The 2017 Lexus LS460 redesign is on its way. This is going to be the fourth generation model that Lexus is offering for its LS brand. All of the previous versions were set to be flagship vehicle for the company and they all changed in the way as they were built much better compared to the previous one and they managed to outweigh the needs of the previous one by filling in all the holes that the car before had. What the 2017 Lexus LS is planning to do is just that. The car is going to be fashionably redesigned and will hold another innovation for the car.

It was rumored for a long time that Lexus is preparing a hydrogen fuel cell for its cars. With the Mirai model debuting with this kind of a powertrain it is up to Lexus to make their move. As a refueling facility is needed to make this possible, Lexus has been pushing and funding the manufacture of these facilitates for quite some time now and it was only a matter of time for them to come up with the same kind of a powertrain which is going to rival that of the European versions.

Lexus is known for its green and environmentally friendly policy. Being that the parent company Toyota was the one who came with the famous Prius car, it has adapted its technology in the same way for its Lexus models. So the LS brand has evolved along the years offering innovative engine variants. First it came with a gasoline-electric hybrid engine for the XF40 platform. The next generation  LS 600h L featured a V-8-powered hybrid vehicle,  with a  5.0-liter V-8 that combined with an electric motor and CVT to create 439 horsepower. The last incarnation uses a first production eight-speed automatic transmission and also body temperature sensors for the climate control. It is innovative as it gets and brings forth a slew of safe options for the driver.

The newly released photos of the 2017 Lexus LS 460 model are an early indication on how the car looks like but we are able to present more with the offered review here.

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Exterior Appearance and Redesign

The redesign of the exterior of the 2017 Lexus LS 460 is going to feature similar updates as other cars from the brand have received. You can mainly look for the updates in such models as the RC and NX models which the LS copies the front from. The car now has a restyled front end with with sharp and angular headlights which add LEDs. The front grille has an hourglass desing which is also a new part of the design across the Lexus lineup. This looks really accelerates the the way the design of the LS cars is going.

The front end does look a bit wild, but the rest of the car is pretty tamed. The car does have strong lines but not as busy as the front end of the car suggests. This kind of a style is actually an attribute to the hydrogen storage tanks which are necessary to power the car. The design of the car has to be subjected to it and that is why the features of the car are incorporated that way. There might be a longer wheelbase option offered which is going to be sued specifically for the hydrogen powertrain.

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Interior Design

The latest 2017 Lexus LS 460 is going to have the same kind of a no nonsense style found in the current car. There is certainly not going to be any shortage in luxury and the materials and gadgets are going to be high end. Expect to get heated and ventilated seats for the driver and also ample legroom. The infotainment is going to be addressed with the added high-grade screen and a newly offered audio system. Added are the ambient lighting which is placed just under the trim or the leather covers to make the atmosphere even better. The driver is also going to be able to use digital navigation options with a backup camera and Bluetooth connectivity. Toyota might decided to bring in some more added gadgets and options but it will be offered as optional mostly.

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Powertrain Possibilities

The opportunity of a 2017 Lexus LS 460 finally getting hydrogen powertrain is the main attraction for the model. The rumor has been mentioned for quite some time now and it appears that it might be true this time as Lexus will finally be able to oppose the Miata model which has started the trend.

There is a great possibility that the LS is going to come with the specifically tuned  3.5-liter V-6 engine version which is already used in their GS450 models and it could be perfect for this one to happen. This will enable the car to reach an output of 152 horsepower and 246 pound-feet of torque and that way it will be able to rival the Miata car. There were talks about two engine options being available but that seems like too much of a hassle so it is more than likely that the LS 460 will stick to the hydrogen option only.

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Release Date and Price

The price for the 2017 Lexus LS 460 is going to be around  $85,000. But if the hydrogen powertrain does manages to be used, the figure might rise even more than that. We can even expect it to reach six figures as the innovative technology might be a bit too expensive at first. You can expect the car to appear first thing in the latter part of 2017. The car is not expected sooner and we can even see it available for the end period of 2017 the most.

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