Lexus LS (2018–)
Fifth-generation lexus LS launched
Powered by a twin turbo 3.5 litre V6 developing 415PS and 600Nm torque. 10 speed automatic transmission. Initially no hybrid version.
Stretched LC platform is 35mm longer than previous LS limo with a wheelbase of 3,125mm.
Car is 5,235mm long x 1,900mm wide x 1,450mm high. Sits on 19-inch or 20-inch wheels.
Latest generation of Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) helps achieve an outstanding ride and handling balance. This system implements co-operative control of all vehicle sub-systems – braking, steering, powertrain and suspension – to control the car’s basic longitudinal, lateral and vertical motion, as well as yaw, roll and pitch.
The new platform lowers the car’s centre of gravity by placing most of the mass, including the engine and passengers, in a more central and lower position in the chassis. Special braces in the engine compartment and stiff aluminium suspension towers are among a series of features that help bolster the strength of key chassis structures.
An all-new 3.5-litre V6 engine has been designed specifically for the new LS, giving both high power and excellent fuel efficiency.
The engine offers V8-level power without sacrificing fuel economy and minimising noise and vibration. The output figures of 415PS and 600Nm of torque represent sizeable gains compared to the previous V8. The engine’s long stroke and optimised stroke-to-bore ratio contribute to high-speed combustion and the efficiency of the twin turbos, helping the LS post a projected 0 to 60mph acceleration time of 4.3 seconds (with all-wheel drive).
The 2017 LS is the first luxurious saloon car to feature a 10-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The wide bandwidth afforded by the 10 closely spaced ratios is ideal for all forms of driving, helping provide an optimal gear for all conditions.
Five new wheels have been produced for the 2017 LS, including new 19-inch and 20-inch designs. The 20-inch premium wheels have a brilliant look, created with an electroplating technique known as spluttering. All but one of the designs feature a hollow rim structure that helps reduce resonance generated by the tyres.
New seat designs, including 28-way power front seats with heating, cooling and massage functions, exemplify this approach. The organically shaped dashboard design clusters information displays at a uniform height to support the “seat-in-control” layout – the driver can operate all systems without having to change their posture.
The serenity of the cabin provides an ideal stage for the standard premium audio system, or the 3D surround-sound Mark Levinson system, featuring in-ceiling array speakers. The package includes a more inviting graphic user interface; its next generation remote touch control is designed to mimic smartphone operation and can also support handwritten input. In addition to a 12.3-inch navigation display, the LS can incorporate an optional 24-inch colour head-up display – the largest in the world – that projects a variety of information into the driver’s forward line of vision.
Lexus LS launched in UK
Offered exclusively as a petrol-electric hybrid featuring the Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System that made its debut this year in the LC coupe, the 2018 LS is available in four equipment grades: LS 500h, LS 500h Luxury, LS 500h F Sport and LS 500h Premier. All-wheel drive will be available for the Luxury and Premier models. On-the-road prices start at £72,595.
The LS 500h base model comes with 20-inch cast alloy wheels, ultra-slim triple-LED headlights with Automatic High Beam, Lexus Premium Navigation with a 12.3-inch EMV display and 12-speaker audio system, dual-zone climate control with nanoe air quality control and a 360-degree Panoramic View Monitor with pedestrian alert. The front seats have 20-way power adjustment, smooth leather upholstery and integrated heating and ventilation.
The LS500h Luxury benefits from four-zone climate control with Climate Concierge and nanoe technology, a bespoke 23-speaker Mark Levinson QLI Reference Surround audio system and integrated heating and ventilation for both front and rear seats. Fine semi-aniline leather upholstery and 28-way front seat adjustment are also included in the specification.
The LS 500h F Sport amplifies the new model’s dynamic capabilities, both in its exclusive styling and its sophisticated vehicle control systems. On the outside it’s distinguished by its dedicated alloy wheel design and lower-profile tyres, spindle grille with intricate mesh pattern of L-motif elements, visible black brake callipers stamped with the Lexus name and jet black plating details for the side sills, front bumper and boot lid.
In the cabin the three-spoke steering wheel and shift selector have a perforated leather finish and there is an F Sport combi meter with a moving ring design that uses display technology first developed for Lexus’s LFA supercar. The F Sport seats are finished in smooth leather. On the technical front the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management is extended to include control of the F Sport’s Variable Gear Ratio Steering and Dynamic Rear Steering.
All versions of the new LS 500h are equipped with Lexus Safety System+ active safety and driver assistance systems, including Pre-Collision Safety, Dynamic Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and an Adaptive High-beam System (Automatic High Beam for the entry-level model).
|LS 500h Luxury||£79,995|
|LS 500h Luxury AWD||£82,595|
|LS 500h F Sport||£79,995|
|LS 500h Premier||£97,995|
|LS 500h Premier AWD||£105,595|