2016 Lexus LS

The 2016 Lexus LS is a comfortable and luxurious sedan. Though it is still some way below the German luxury sedans, the Lexus LS is on the right path and it’s slowly closing the gap. Fundamentally, the addition of the F-Sport trim has helped the automaker dial up its suspension which has helped it gain ground on the German sedans.

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2016 Lexus LS Exterior

The exterior profile of the LS Sedan is captivating with smooth curves and swooping lines.  At the front is the signature spindle grille surrounded by a chrome strip.  The grille is flanked with redesigned headlights that are integrated with LED DRLs. Most of the exterior features are carried over from the previous model.

At the rear, the sedan features L-shaped taillights and rectangular exhaust tips. The new model will be available in 8 exterior colors which are Nebula Gray Pearl, Eminent White Pearl, Matador Red Mica, Obsidian, Fire Agate Pearl, Satin Cashmere Metallic and Atomic Silver.  The sedan will ride on 17-inch alloy wheels. The F-Sport adds a unique front bumper, lower grille inserts and 18-inch alloy wheels.

2016 Lexus LS Interior

Though you won’t find the most exotic wood or high-grade leather in the cabin of the 2016 Lexus LS like its German and English competitors, it still features exceptional styling that guarantees ample comfort and plenty of space for occupants. With a 116.9-inch standard wheelbase and 121.7 long-wheelbases, the sedan guarantees plenty of leg, knee and head room. Its interior bespeaks attention to detail and exceptional craftsmanship. It is upholstered in premium aniline leather which is flexible and delicate.

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The F-Sport trim features an aluminum trim which I must say is not all that impressive. Standard models feature walnut or “shimamoku” (a wood stained dark grey color) trims while the hybrid features a bamboo trim. The hybrid’s bamboo trim is captivating and we hope the automaker will roll it over to the non-hybrid LS 460 in future. The interior is very quiet but the automaker has added ambient exhaust noise into the cabin of the F-Sport models. Front seats are heated and ventilated. The driver’s seat is 16-way power adjustable while the front passenger seat is 12-way power adjustable.

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The interior will accommodate 4 passengers. The middle rear seat has been omitted and in its place fitted ottoman-style footrests and massaging functions. There is an option for heated and ventilated back seats too. The rear glass has an option for sunshades. In terms of cargo space, the sedan now offers 18 cubic feet for non hybrids and 10.1 cubic feet for hybrids. The increased hybrid space is as a result of repackaging of the batteries. The interior features a cool box to store beverages. Other interior features include a 12.3-inch LCD screen mounted at the center of the dash as well as clear and bright gauges on a 6.0 inch separate screen.

In terms of safety, the LS sedan will feature blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alerts, a Pre-collision warning system, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, a self parking system as well as an Enform and Safety Connect system which is offered on subscription basis.

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Engine Specs and performance

Ideally, the 2016 Lexus LS is available in two versions i.e. the LS 460 and LS 600h hybrid. The models are further offered in either AWD or RWD. The LS 460 is further offered in short- or long-wheelbases. The hybrid is however offered exclusively in AWD, long-wheelbase form.

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The hybrid LS 600h drive-train

Under the hood of the greener LS sedan is a 5.0 L, V8 gasoline engine that produces 389 hp. It combines with a hybrid drive system to produce 438 hp. This power is sent to all wheels via a ‘shiftless” variable power-split transmission system. The vehicle also comes with an EV button that forces the drive-system to switch to EV-only at low speeds and for only short distances. The system is backed by a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack that recharges via regenerative braking or engine overruns. The engine is overly quiet and only produces noise when it is accelerating hard.  The vehicle makes the 0-60 mph run in 5.5 seconds. However, the hybrid car doesn’t t feel as sporty as its German competitors equipped with V-12 units.

The LS 600h sedan is pretty disappointing when it comes to fuel economy; it has an EPA rating of 19 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 20 mpg on combined drives.

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The LS 460 drive-train

The LS 460 features a 4.6 L, V8 engine that produces 386 hp and 367 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission system. It is also fitted with a limited-slip differential that varies torque depending on road conditions. The engine accelerates from 0-60 mph in between 5.4 seconds and 5.9 seconds which is affected by its curb weight of between 4,200 lbs to 4,900 lbs.

The 2016 Lexus LS 460 is EPA rated at 16 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 19 mpg on combined drives for both standard and long-wheelbase models. However, AWD drops its highway rating by 1 mpg.

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Price and release date

The model will be released to dealerships before the end of the year or during the first quarter of 2016. The RWD LS 460 has a starting MSRP price of $ 72,520 while the top-of-the-line 2016 Lexus LS 600h will cost as much as $120, 440.

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