The all-new 2018 Lexus LS continues our dynamic direction; coupling luxury, craftsmanship, performance and safety with an even more emotionally appealing design and engaging on-road performance.
The all-new, fifth-generation LS flagship sedan for 2018 has been unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.
Inside and out, the new LS reflects a strong, uniquely Japanese identity and approach to luxury. To re-imagine the new LS, we created a radical new design where a coupe-like silhouette meets the spaciousness of a prestige sedan.
A common thread that runs through all LS models – Omotenashi – the concept of Japanese hospitality remains:. Applied to a luxury automobile, this means taking care of the driver and passengers, anticipating their needs, attending to their comfort and helping to protect them from hazards.
A new driver-centric performance feel comes from building the LS on our all-new global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA–L). This premium rear-wheel drive platform – an extended version of the one used for the stunning new Lexus LC 500 coupe – offers greater handling agility, performance and a dynamic experience on the road supported by renowned Lexus comfort.
To deliver both high power and excellent fuel efficiency, we designed an all-new 3.5-litre V6 engine specifically for the new LS with all-new twin turbos developed through the company’s F1 technology. This new engine offers V8-level power without sacrificing fuel economy.
While minimizing noise and vibration, it delivers the type of output you would expect: 310 kW / 421 PS / 415 hp and 600 Nm of torque – sizeable gains over the current LS model’s V8. Overall, this gives the LS a projected 0-100 km/h of 4.5 seconds (AWD).
The first-ever 10-speed automatic transmission delivers shift times that rival those of dual-clutch transmissions. The wide bandwidth afforded by ten closely spaced ratios is ideal for all forms of driving, helping to provide an optimal gear for all conditions.
As you would expect, the LS also features our Lexus Safety System+; the world’s first intuitive pedestrian detection with active steering. So, if a pedestrian is detected in the lane ahead and a collision is imminent, the LS will automatically brake and steer around the person while staying in the lane.
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