Among the highlights of the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit we can definitely count on the all-new Lexus LS flagship reveal – but we were left a little surprised by the lack of a hybrid version introduction.
Instead, the Detroit Auto Show featured the gasoline LS 500 model – a show grabber for sure, but nonetheless not the model the entire world is expecting. Remember, this is Lexus we’re talking about and they made a global name for their luxurious hybrid versions. But fret not, the hybrid version is coming – maybe sooner than we’re expecting. This is because – intentionally or not – the media pack of the LS 500 also features an interior beauty shot with the center console where we can clearly see the EV mode button among the silver buttons.
And because the new LS is also using the same platform as its flagship coupe sibling – the LC, meaning the new GA-L vehicle architecture, we can extrapolate the data from the LC 500h for an anticipated LS 500h. The two door grand tourer is not only spectacular, but also uses the new Multi Stage Hybrid system that mixes a 3.5-liter V6, an electric motor, and a 1.1 kWh battery – as well as two transmissions. The grand total is of 354 hp (295 hp V6 + 59 hp electric motor) – and the LS 500h will need all of those because it now has serious competition in the form of the brand new 740e iPerformance from BMW and soon to be upgraded S500e Plug-In Hybrid from Mercedes.