2018 Lexus LS500 and LS500h: Specs, Price, Interior

One of the Lexus largest sedans are almost here. We are talking about new 2018 Lexus LS500 and LS500h models. This extraordinary vehicle has firstly been unveiled at 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This time, Japanese manufacturer introduced as well, a hybrid version called LS500h which made its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.

Lexus LS is a luxury car which finally comes full redesigned as 2018 model. Lexus Company will present us everything we want to see in luxury four-door sedan. It will show improved performance, elegant and bold design and classy interior. Both LS 500 and LS 500h will be underpinned with the same platform called Lexus Global Architecture-Luxury (GA-L) platform. So, it will be wider, longer and lower. The wheelbase will be for around 1.3 longer than the current version. Company says that this large sedan will be more agile than before and easier to handle. The use of lightweight but strong materials will make it lighter which will improve fuel efficiency.

2018 Lexus LS500 and LS500h powertrain

As for the powertrain, LS500 model will use a new 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine. This one will deliver 415 horses and 442 pound-feet of torque which is really impressive. The engine will be paired with a 10-speed automatic gearbox. This sedan will be able to hit 60 mph in only 4.5 seconds.

The LS500h model will have under its hood a 3.5-liter Dual VVT-I V6 petrol engine combined with two electric motors. All together, they will be able to produce 354 horsepower. This hybrid version will get a lithium-ion battery which will now be smaller but more powerful. It will get Multi Stage Hybrid system, as to say a 4-speed automatic gearbox mated to a CTV.  LS 500h will reach 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. As for the drivetrain,2018 Lexus LS500 and LS500h will be offered with RWD, and a hybrid with RWD and AWD systems.

2018 Lexus LS500 and LS500h front

Exterior and interior design

When it comes to exterior, new 2018 Lexus LS500 and LS500h will have its well known sleek and powerful look. Automaker has made it even more handsome which will definitively attract young costumers. Slightly refreshed spindle grille will give it more aggressive look. The headlamps will be narrow and powered with modern LED lighting.

2018 Lexus LS500 and LS500h rear

Inside, 2018 Lexus LS500 and LS500h will be luxurious, welcoming, comfortable and very spacious. The materials will be of the highest quality. Lexus has offered few trim options combining different color woods and metal lines: Art Wood ∕ Herringbone, Art Wood ∕Organic and Laser Cut Special. The seats will receive new design; front seats will be 28-way powered with heating and cooling; the rear will be very comfortable and easy to access. The cabin will be quiet thanks to an Active Noise Control and equipped with ambient lighting. As for the equipment, it will feature new Mark Levinson 3D Surround System and 12.3-inch navigation system. The safety will be on the highest level. It will feature latest Lexus Safety System+, 14 airbags, stereo cameras etc.

Release date and price

2018 Lexus LS500 and LS500h are scheduled to go on sale in early 2018. When tic comes to the price, it should start at $72,000.

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