Lexus Unveils All-New 2018 LS
Lexus checked in from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday (Jan. 9), with the unveiling of the new 2018 LS.
The luxury sedan is the model's fifth generation, and features a radical new design, an all-new twin-turbo V6 engine and interior inspired by traditional Japanese aesthetics.
Just as the original LS launched the Lexus brand, the all-new 2018 continues its more dynamic direction. For the creation of the latest LS, Lexus took the approach of starting from new, reimagining what a flagship sedan should be, as if launching the brand all over again. So, they debuted a strikingly bold design with a coupe-like silhouette, punctuated by the Lexus design language.
It also boasts both power and excellent fuel efficiency, thanks to an all-new 3.5-liter V6 engine. It offers V8-level power without sacrificing fuel economy, delivering 415 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, sizeable gains over the current LS model's V8. The long stroke and optimized stroke-to-bore ratio contribute to high-speed combustion and the efficiency of the twin turbos, which assist the LS with a projected 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds (RWD).
The 2018 LS also features the first-ever 10-speed automatic transmission for a premium passenger car, which already debuted in the Lexus LC 500, boasting shift times that rival those of dual-clutch transmissions.
The 2018 Lexus LS will hit dealers in the U.S. later this year.