Lexus showed off the new LS sedan at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, and one thing is for certain, it’s not boring to look at. Previous versions of the Lexus LS were bland, safe creations, but this new LS is elegant and eye catching. Flowing lines reach all the way down the side of the car, and everything is sleek and attractive. The new wheels add another noticeable styling feature, and the car appears to sit lower than the current model. Overall, it's a rather stunning package.
The current LS is a solid luxury car choice and offers a luxurious alternative to other premium brand vehicles. Having said that, the 2018 LS appears to bury its predecessor in just about every way. Lexus needed to update the LS with all of the competition upping their game and Genesis’ entrance to the luxury car world. It will be interesting to see how car buyers respond to this new LS.
Here are some additional highlights:
- The new LS sports what is probably the best use of the company’s spindle grille yet, and the odd but attractive Z-shaped headlights actually work well with what is already a pretty busy front end. In short, the car looks great, but there’s more to this car than meets the eye.
- Lexus offers an all-new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 415 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. This will propel the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The V8 is gone, but there's now more torque.
- The LS features a tech-laden interior, including 28-way power front seats, optional heating, cooling and massaging functions, a 12.3-inch navigation screen and plenty of safety technology and infotainment features.
- Lexus promises the cabin is exceptionally quiet and that the Mark Levinson stereo system is excellent. Judging by the looks of the rest of the car, we believe it. It derives much of its leaner looks from the LC sport-luxury coupe. It looks like the terrible mouse control for the UI is gone, replaced by a sole touchpad.
- Pricing has not yet been determined, but the car is set to go on sale in the U.S. near the end of 2017.
Interested in Lexus' offerings? Check out the models we've recently driven:
Lexus IS 200t
Lexus RC 200t