Lexus led its introduction as a brand with the LS 400 luxury sedan in 1989. Now, the latest version of Lexus' flagship sedan comes out as a 2018 model sporting the LS 500 and LS 500h nameplates.

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The LS 500 uses a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, good for 416 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, along with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

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The LS 500h, shown here, is the hybrid version. Its naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 gains extra power from a complementary electric drive system, and boasts an increase of about 5 mpg over the LS 500.

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The LS can have in rear-wheel- or all-wheel-drive, with a standard suspension using adaptive technology, or an air suspension that delivers a much smoother ride.

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As with prior generations, the 2018 Lexus LS will undercut the biggest competitors on price, coming in at an estimated $75,000 base, with deliveries beginning in February.

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The rear seats can be had in standard bench design, with room for three, or in an optional executive class design, which limits rear passengers to two.

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LED headlights use a striking design, intended to represent the L of Lexus.

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The grille follows Lexus' spindle design, yet its intricate interweaving of elements gives it luxury appeal.

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The cabin uses many cues inspired by traditional Japanese design, from calligraphy brushes to Andon lamps.

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This new LS follows trends in luxury sedan engineering, such as downsizing engines, and makes available advanced driver assistance that shows a step toward self-driving cars of the future.

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