The much-anticipated new Lexus flagship LS model arrives with a sleek exterior, and nods to traditional Japanese design on the inside.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LED headlights use a striking design, intended to represent the L of Lexus.
The grille follows Lexus' spindle design, yet its intricate interweaving of elements gives it luxury appeal.
The cabin uses many cues inspired by traditional Japanese design, from calligraphy brushes to Andon lamps.
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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