2018 Lexus LS – a new step in brand history


Lexus has always aspired to be not just one more Japanese manufacturer in the shadow of brands like Mercedes or BMW. It strives to be even higher or at least on the same level. Thankfully, there are enough talented engineers and designers in Lexus to reach the goal – at least the latest vehicles show the superb quality along with great technical fulfillment.

Premium car manufacturer needs a flagship model – to bring the essence of all brand achievements. For Lexus it is LS model – firstly debuted to be more like “affordable S-class” now is a direct competitor. Brand fans hope that 2018 Lexus LS will be a new step, more technically advanced, more luxurious. And it seems the car will meet they expectations.

2018 Lexus LS release date

There are speculations on the edge information leak about the actual presentation of new generation LS. It should be in Detroit Auto Show in early 2017. The production version though will come to the US dealers in the third quarter of 2017. It sounds pretty eligible – the current generation car debuted back in 2012, so it feels outdated in comparison with 7-series and S-class debuted only recently.

Release date: late 2017

Also read about the 2017 BMW M6 release date

2018 Lexus LS price

It is certainly hard to predict exact price of the next generation car. However, it is quite easy to estimate a price range – just look at the price list of competitors mentioned above. Times when LS was more affordable is long gone. The pricing will start approximately at $80,000 for standard trim and up to $120,000.

2018 Lexus LS video

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2018 Lexus LS redesign

We expect the appearance of the whole new generation, so there will be a completely new design, both exterior and interior. The exterior design will be inspired by a LF-FC concept car shown in 2015. By the way, the current Lexus design is quite controversial. It should be a big deal for designers to make it feel and look nice and clean.

It is expected that the car will have rather a futuristic look, with the unique huge grille in front, elegant sides, and original rear end.

The interior will remind the latest Lexus models, but will be way more luxurious and advanced.

Look at the 2017 Lexus ES new design

2018 Lexus LS specs

Recently Lexus representatives told the media the manufacturer plans to reveal hydrogen-powered vehicle before 2020. Will it be a new LS? Both variants are possible, but it seems that hydrogen car will not be an LS modification, but based on LS platform. One way or another, its just a speculations.

There is more precise info regarding what specifications might have an upcoming 2018 Lexus LS. It will have a bunch of V6 and V8 engines, and a hybrid modification. There is no info regarding V6, but we have some rumors for V8 and a hybrid. Lexus will not develop new V8 for its executive sedan, simply borrow an LC 500 engine which develops 467 HP, mated to 10-speed automatic. The hybrid powertrain will consist of 3.5L V6 engine, a pair of electric motors, high-capacity Li-ion battery, and a CVT transmission. The hybrid might be a plug-in type.

Update: Sedan of the fifth generation is declared only in a single modification yet – LS 500, equipped with developed from scratch, Formula 1 technology twin turbo V6 3.5 liters engine, that produces 415 hp and 442 Nm of torque. Transmission – 10-speed automatic. Drive layout – rear-wheel drive or AWD. It is reported that the RWD version accelerates to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds.

2018 Lexus LS images

Editor's rating
4.6 overall
  • Safety4.9
  • Performance4.6
  • Design4.6
  • Features4.8
  • Fuel economy4

The new luxury Lexus LS could easily compete with 7-series and S-class, however is unlikely to be more affordable.

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