Lexus confirms 2018 LS 500h premiere for Geneva image

The all-new generation of the LS limousine has recently been introduced during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but it’s already gearing up to adopt the European specification for the Geneva Motor Show.

Lexus has also prepared a world premiere for the Swiss apparition – it will introduce the eco-friendlier 500h hybrid version, most likely the hybrid version of the eco-friendly executive sedan using the same powertrain as the LC 500h. Toyota already hinted at the introduction of the model and is now only confirming the exact location of the reveal – the brand “accidentally” posted an image that actually showed the cabin of the hybrid in the gallery for the ICE LS. The picture focused on the gear shift area, and just below the touchpad area we could also see an “EV Mode”.

There are no details about the powertrain but most likely it will be sourced from the great-looking LC 500h. The stylish coupe has a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine packing 295 horsepower (220 kilowatts) mated to an electric motor with 59 hp (44 kW) for a total combined output of 354 hp. The powertrain also includes a four-speed automatic and a continuously variable transmission inside the company’s “Multi Stage Hybrid System.” Its main competitors will be the Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid and BMW 740e iPerformance.