2018 Lexus LS luxury sedan debuts at the NAIAS
Lexus introduced its new, fifth-generation 2018 LS sedan at the Detroit auto show on Monday. The LS rides on a new platform it shares with the LC 500 sports car, and it’s longer, lower and wider than the outgoing model.
The LS dropped 200 pounds through the use of high-strength steel and aluminum, as well as its new twin-turbocharged V6. The center of gravity is lower; Lexus says it’ll be more rigid, too. The multilink suspension gets double ball joints on the upper and lower control arms that Lexus claims are more sensitive to even small movements of the steering wheel. Aluminum is also used here to reduce unsprung weight.
The big news, we think, is the new boosted V6 that makes 415 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. Those are both hefty upgrades over last year’s 4.6-liter V8 that made 386 hp and 367 lb-ft. Lexus says the new powerplant doesn’t sacrifice fuel economy either, but they didn’t give us hard EPA numbers. The last LS returned 16/24, city/highway, and we expect this to be equal to or above that.
A new 10-speed automatic transmission will get the LS to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds in rear-wheel-drive format. It has a torque converter, but Lexus says the trans offers shift times “that rival a dual-clutch transmission.”
On the design side, the new LS is a good bit more aggressive than the outgoing model, adopting the sharp spindle grille of the rest of the lineup. That grille, Lexus says, “is the result of both intense CAD development and buy topamax cheap hand-adjusting thousands of individual surfaces.” Emphasis ours.
Inside, we’re hoping for the usual Lexus-grade seats and general ambience. The company says this new one offers 28-way power seats with heating, cooling and massage, rear-seat ottoman, wood trims, premium audio from Mark Levinson, a 12.3-inch screen and a 24-inch(!) head-up display.
Finally, the LS will feature Lexus Safety System plus, which keeps occupants protected with panoramic monitors, blind-spot indicators, parking assist and a bunch of other nannies that the automaker hopes will cut down on accidents.
The 2018 LS goes on sale near the end of 2017. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but for reference, the 2017 model started at about $73,000.
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