Lexus LS+ Concept hints at new 2020 saloon

The Lexus LS+ Concept, revealed at the Tokyo motor show, leads the Toyota Group in autonomous technology and is set to launch in 2020

Look beyond the bold styling, which Lexus says is an indication of what to expect from the next-generation of LS, and you’ll come across a range of automated driving technology called Highway Teammate, which Lexus says is being developed for everyone to enjoy safe, smooth and untethered mobility. 

For Japan and US markets Highway Teammate will know when an LS+ joins – or leaves – a motorway slip road and enters a major vehicle-only road. Once on such a road the technology will offer a range of driver assistance, including lane assist, automatic lane keeping and overtaking, along with the ability to maintain the safest distance between all the vehicles around it. LS+ will also be able to ‘talk’ to other cars and offer a pre-warning to the driver of any potential dangers ahead. 

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

At this stage the LS+ and Highway Teammate are only designed to make suggestions rather than take autonomous control of the vehicle, with the driver always able to overrule any decision the car suggests. Ultimately it’s a level 3 autonomy system, which will allow Lexus to reach Level 4 autonomy on all roads, including residential and commercial areas by the early 2020s.

LS+ also showcases the latest three-dimensional artificial intelligence software, that monitors and processes data and learns the road conditions ahead. It’s an evolution of a system parent company Toyota is already using.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

In terms of powertrains, expect the LS+ to be the first Lexus commercially available to the public that will be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell when it goes on sale at the beginning of the next decade. 

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/mercedes-cla45-amg-hatchback/22953/mercedes-amg-cla-45-s-coupe-uk-review
Mercedes CLA45 AMG hatchback

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S coupe UK review

The more stylish version of eCoty 2019’s bronze medallist is as impressive on UK roads as it was overseas
28 Mar 2020
Visit/nissan/202389/this-nissan-juke-r-can-be-yours-for-719579
Nissan Juke R

This Nissan Juke-R can be yours for $719,579

Near-700bhp Nissan special project Juke-R goes up for sale in Germany 
30 Mar 2020
Visit/ferrari/f40/6214/ferrari-f40-review-history-prices-and-specs
Ferrari F40

Ferrari F40 – review, history, prices and specs

Despite having a turbocharged V8 instead of a normally aspirated V12, the F40 is often regarded as the greatest-ever Ferrari road car
21 Mar 2020
Visit/hyundai/201819/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-nurburgring
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

We brought the Hyundai i30 Fastback back to its spiritual home in Germany's Eifel mountains, where there is a racing track you might well have heard o…
7 Oct 2019