Lexus unveiled the all-new 2018 LS at the North American International Auto Show last week, setting a new standard for its flagship sedan. I remember when the original Lexus LS 400 sedan was unveiled in 1990 and the effect it had on the luxury sedan market. That original vehicle helped establish Lexus as a dominant brand in the luxury market, so the new, fifth-generation LS is a very important launch for the company. The new LS has been design to be the brand’s global flagship and will be available around the world in roughly 90 countries.
The new LS will hit the showrooms later this year and features a wide variety of improvements along with a bold, new design.
– Lexus highlights that the new LS offers more of a “coupe-like silhouette” while being longer, lower and wider than the previous model. Lexus became more aggressive in its design language several years ago with the front spindle grille, and that’s prominently featured here as well. Take a look at the photos above for a good look at the new design.
– The new LS is built with Lexus’s all-new global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA–L), their rear-wheel drive platform that’s an extended version of the one used for the impressive new Lexus LC 500 coupe.
– Lexus has replaced the V8 from the previous model with an all-new 3.5-liter V6 engine with new twin turbos developed through the company’s F1 technology. The goal is to offer V8-level power without sacrificing fuel economy and also minimizing noise and vibration. The result is an output of 415 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, which offers gains over the current LS model’s V8. The new LS also features a 10-speed automatic transmission that debuted in the Lexus LC 500.
As you might expect, this new LS will also be packed with new luxury and comfort features in the cabin, as well for the driver and all passengers. I’m definitely looking forward to driving this one!