The all-new hybrid version of the all-new 2018 Lexus LS sedan flagship will have its wraps taken off in front of the worldwide audience of the Geneva Motor Show – but we do get to know it a little better beforehand.
The new LS 500h is making its international debut at the Swiss event after its regular sibling – the 2018 LS 500 was presented in front of the live audience of the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The hybrid counterpart, meanwhile, will naturally feature the latest iteration of the company’s Multi Stage Hybrid system, which comes with added efficiency, better acceleration and an enhanced driver feel. Most importantly, the new LS hybrid can turn into a proper electric car at speeds up to 87 mph (140 km/h). Lexus further tells us its engineers worked on improving throttle response, lowering the high-speed cruising rev and delivering better responsiveness when starting from a standstill.
This is available via the new four-stage shift device that has been integrated in the Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain – which has two electric motors and a 3.5-litre V6 gasoline engine. Their new four-stage shift system is advanced enough – according to Lexus – that it can emulate the sensations of the 10-speed automatic transmission used by the regular, twin-turbo Lexus LS 500. This is actually the same MSHS used inside the LC 500h.