Lexus stole the show at the recent Detroit Auto show when they showcased the 5th generation LS sedan. The 2018 Lexus LS represents a huge departure from the automaker’s previous design language. The outgoing model had a classic and dull profile but the new model is all different; it flaunts an attractive profile that will give its rivals, particularly German-made luxury haulers a run for their money. Read along for more information:
2018 Lexus LS Exterior
The model has a very aggressive exterior profile. Overall, the model is larger than its predecessor is and features a longer wheelbase. This means passengers will enjoy more space in the cabin. The automaker has overhauled the model’s exterior design and replaced it with an attractive exterior profile that is at the same level with other models in its class. The automaker says the new design represents the automaker’s history and thus is a symbol of everything the brand stands for.
At the front, the sedan features the signature spindle grille flanked by striking LED headlights and LED DRLs. On the sides, the model features flush-mounted windows that add a unique visual character to the model. The LS sedan will ride on a set of 19-inch wheels with an option for 20 inches. The wheels feature a hollow-rim structure, which helps to reduce resonance sound from the tires. At the rear, the model features flared taillights and trapezoid-shaped exhaust tips. Overall, the rear has a long rear overhang making the vehicle a very attractive sedan that will give its German rivals, a run for their money.
2018 Lexus LS Interior
Being a premium sedan, the cabin comes with all luxurious trims synonymous with this level. High-grade leather is the standard upholstery material in the cabin. To enhance the premium look, surfaces not wrapped in leather are covered with premium wood. The model is one of the quietest premium sedans in the market and the automaker has upgraded the Active noise control such that the new system can detect engine sound intruding into the cabin and mitigate it.
For audiophiles, the model comes with a 3D-surround Mark Levinson sound system that features a 12.3-inch touch-screen navigation system. A head-up display (HUD) is optional. For a comfortable ride, buyers will have an option for 28-way power adjustable front seats with heating, cooling as well as massage functions for the front seats. These features are also available as options for rear seats. In addition, the rear seats can recline to 48 degrees and can be raised to 24 degrees for easy entry and exit. There is also an option for air suspension.
For safety, the model features the Lexus Safety System + which includes automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind-spot warning as well as rear cross-traffic alert. Other features include pedestrian detection along with active steering.
Engine Specs and performance
The 2018 Lexus LS will be underpinned by the same platform that debuted in the LC 500 Coupe. However, considering it is a sedan, the platform will be extended. It is in fact 1.3 inches longer than the outgoing LS long-range models. Due to this platform, the sedan will be 200 lbs lighter than the current model.
As of now, the automaker has confirmed that the sedan will be fitted with a 3.5 L, V-6 mill. The mill produces 415 horses and 442 lb-ft of torque. With this mill, the engine is expected to hit 60 mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds. The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission system as standard. This system is however fitted with paddle shifters to give the driver manual control. The system sends power to the rear wheels as a standard option. All-wheel drive is however offered as an optional feature.
Three driving modes i.e. Normal, Sport as well as Sport+ are offered to enhance its driving character. It also features a Dynamic Integrated Management system that optimizes driving dynamics.
Price and release date
During the launch at Detroit, Toyota remained mum about the LS 500 price. Going by the LC 500 price, expect the LS 500 to have a starting price of over $90,000 for the base model with higher trims fetching in excess of $100,000. As for the release date, the sedan will hit dealerships in the last quarter of this year.