For the first time since 2006, Lexus is launching a redesigned version of its flagship sedan. Namely, an all-new LS has just made its public debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The latest version of this luxury sedan brings substantial improvements, including a more aggressive styling and the latest technology. Called the LS 500, the model also benefits greatly from a new turbocharged engine and a new transmission choice. This long overdue redesign is expected to make 2018 Lexus LS 500 much more competitive in the race with its German rivals. Rumor has it that the Lexus’ full-size sedan is likely to hit the market towards the end of 2017.
Design and Features
In terms of dimensions, the 2018 Lexus LS 500 is longer, lower and wider than its predecessor. It also features a much bolder exterior styling that borrows some of its cues from the LF-LC concept. The front end sports a unique and fresh take on the Lexus trademark spindle grille outlined in chrome. The LS also gets Z-shaped headlights with sleek LED accents, while the taillights feature the brand’s signature L lighting. Its coupe-like profile and low stance give this car an imposing road presence. The all-new LS 500 rides on a stretched version of the GA-L platform that already underpins the LC sports coupe. Thanks to the use of high-strength steel and aluminum, its curb weight has been reduced by 200 pounds.
Inside the cabin, the 2018 Lexus LS 500 offers a host of organic shapes and high-end materials. The use of wood, metal and leather gives its interior an exceptionally upscale appearance. Standard on all models is the Lexus Safety System+, which includes automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning. Expect also a 12.3-inch center touchscreen, leather upholstery and 19-inch wheels to come standard.
Under the hood is a new 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that cranks out 415 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. The engine uses a new 10-speed automatic transmission that the automaker claims is as quick as a dual- clutch transmission. While rear-wheel drive comes standard, all-wheel drive is available as an option. According to the carmaker, The 2018 Lexus LS 500 needs 4.5 seconds to hit the 60 mph limit.
2018 Lexus LS 500 Price
As for the 2018 Lexus LS 500 price tag, exact figures should be known a couple of months prior to launch. We expect the pricing to start around $80,000, which is slightly lower compared to the German competition. The current model starts at $72,500 in its base trim.