The Japanese premium automaker’s flagship sedan has arrived in front of the worldwide audience of the 2017 North American International Auto Show.
The company’s flagship model is finally here after a long wait but customers don’t have to fear they would be left out – the top of the line sedan will reach more than 90 markets in the near future. The all-new, fifth generation has been developed o be “the brand’s latest global citizen.” The flagship has actually grown in size and now also uses the new GA-L platform that first debuted on the spectacular LC series coupe. Thanks to the new architecture, the LS is lower, wider and has a closer to the ground center of gravity. “Not only will the LS symbolize the Lexus brand, it will become the definitive new-generation luxury car embodying Japanese tradition and culture,” said Toshio Asahi, chief engineer for the new LS.
The design is both familiar and new – the front end is showing its relationship with the LC coupe but the side profile is a big departure compared to the current version. It also adopts a Lexus-new a six-side window design, as well as 20-inch wheels with brilliant finish and a special hollow rim structure designed to reduce tire noise. This element is important for Lexus, with the exhaust delivering “a more authoritative tone” and an active noise-cancellation system in the cabin.
Speaking of which, it’s packed with luxury features – including a premium audio system with 3D surround made by Mark Levinson, an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch wide navigation display, while Lexus also claims to have the biggest color head-up display in the world. Under the hood of the 2018 LS sits an all-new 3.5-liter, V6 biturbo engine, developing 415 horsepower (309 kilowatts) and 442 pound-feet (600 Newton meters) of torque, linked to a 10-speed automatic transmission, which should provide “instant acceleration and a constant buildup of torque toward the engine’s redline.” The zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) time should be of no more than 4.5 seconds. Buyers of the LS limousine will have to wait a little longer – with the company only saying it will take the orders starting with the final months of the year, so we could see deliveries coming well into 2018.