Auto Shows First Look: 2018 Lexus LS

17:36  09 january  2017
17:36  09 january  2017 Source:   automobilemag.com

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The all-new 2018 Lexus LS flagship sedan has officially landed. And it's exactly how we would expect the latest LS to look like — wild spindle grille, fancy zigzag LED headlights, and a rear end with a light kit that resembles two alien heads facing off.

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Lexus' fifth-generation LS made its dramatic debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. Under the hood, it features an all-new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that delivers 415 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. Lexus says it will ferry its driver and passengers from 0-to-60 mph in a quick4.5 seconds to boot.

Its new V-6 engine is mated to a modern 10-speed transmission that is also used forits new Lexus LC coupe. There are Normal, Sport, and Sport+ modes with shifter paddles to tailor your driving experience the way you like it. Lexus tells us the transmission is a torque-converter automatic with shift times "that rival those of dual-clutch transmissions."

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There's also an advanced electronic control system, which "anticipates the driver's input and chooses the ideal ratio by monitoring the acceleration, braking, and lateral-g forces."

2018 Lexus LS 500 rear three quarter© Sandon Voelker 2018 Lexus LS 500 rear three quarter

"We set previously unheard of targets and resolutely pushed ahead towards these ambitious goals," said Toshio Asahi, LS chief engineer in a statement.

"The customers who are going to want to own a Lexus flagship are already surrounded by luxury on a daily basis, people who have a sharp eye for authenticity to begin with. We wouldn't turn their heads with a conventional premium product."

Taller passengers have plenty of legroom courtesy of a stretched and wider GA-L platform also shared with the LC. Its 123-inch wheelbase is 1.3-inch longer than last year's model. The LS is also about 0.6-inch lower, with the hood and trunk shaving off an additional 1.2-inch and 1.6-inch, respectively.

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"The LS is the flagship of the Lexus brand," said Koichi Suga, chief designer. "More than any other model, it embodies the history and image of Lexus and serves as a symbol for everything the brand stands for."

The 2018 Lexus LS gets a new six-side window design and itsmoonroof slides open for fresh air fans. There are also two new 19- and three 20-inch wheel designs to choose from for that aftermarket look.

2018 Lexus LS 500 interior view© Sandon Voelker 2018 Lexus LS 500 interior view

Inside, there are 28-way power front seats that can heat, cool, and massage the driver, front passenger, and even the rear seated ones, too. A power front and rear seat with Shiatsu massage and a raised ottoman is also offered as a wider rear seat luxury package and seems like a must have for the lux lifers.

Cabin noise is kept to a minimum thanks in part to the Lexus Active Noise Control system, which can reportedlydetect engine sounds entering the sedan and cancel"certain frequencies using anti-phase sound from the audio speakers."

If silence is not your game, there's a premium 3D surround Mark Levinson audio package with in-ceiling speakers to help burst your eardrums.

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  Refreshing or Revolting: 2018 Lexus LS Here is a look at the new car's all-new styling inside and out. Research lexus ls See All Model Years See Pricing While the outgoing Lexus LS already featured the automaker's signature spindle grille, the new model's mug is much more aggressive with more extreme angles and a more pronounced mesh insert. Trapezoidal-shaped headlight housings and HID projector headlights have been replaced with new LED headlights with aggressive "wings" for the daytime running lights.Along the side, the 2018 LS features a lower-slung and longer profile thanks to 1.

There's a 12.3-inch navigation screen on the dash and if you are not paying attention to the road, like you always should. But should you somehow get distracted, there's a complete safety package available, with one of the newest systems being Intuitive Pedestrian Detection with Active Steering available.

Here's a description of the pedestrian detection system, according to Lexus: "If a person is detected in the lane ahead and a collision is imminent, the LS is designed to automatically brake and potentially steer around the person while staying in the lane."

Pricing and EPA mileage ratings haven't been announced, but the 2018 Lexus LS models are expected to go on sale by the end of the year.

2018 Lexus LS 500 front three quarter© Sandon Voelker 2018 Lexus LS 500 front three quarter

2018 Lexus LS Specifications

On Sale:Late 2017
Engine:3.5L turbocharged DOHC V-6/415-hp, 442 lb-ft
Transmission:10-speed automatic
Layout:4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, Sedan
EPA Mileage:N/A
L x W x H:206.1 x 74.8 x 57.1 in
Wheelbase:123 in
0-60 MPH:4.5 sec
Top Speed:N/A

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