The Lexus in Detroit report presented the fifth generation of the LS, the new Japanese flagship has grown in size and built on the GA-L platform debuted in LC 500. It’s been 28 years since the first generation Lexus LS premiere at 1989 Detroit Auto Show, made its debut in 2018 LS luxury sedan all-new all the more symbolic.
Exterior – 2018 Lexus LS
The new LS has a lower ground clearance, lower center of gravity and wider track, the length of the reaching 5.235 mm, width of 1.900 mm, a height of 1.450 mm, and the wheelbase of 3.125 mm. Due to extensive use of aluminum, the new LS weighs 90 pounds less than the outgoing generation. Overall, the new LS about 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) lower than the old model / current, while the hood and truck of about 1.2 inches (3 cm) and 1.6 inches (4 cm) lower , each. This is also the first Lexus sedan with six side window design. The wheelbase on the LS measure 123 in (3125 mm), which again is closer to what you get in a long wheelbase 7 or S-Class, rather than a regular-wheelbase version of them.
The all-new 2018 LS offers a bold new look, with a coupe-like silhouette that still allows for a luxury-level interior roominess, while adding what the car calls “visionary technology.”
In terms of design, the new LS is intended to reflect “a strong, unique identity of Japan and the approach to luxury,” but it was envisioned as more of a global luxury sedan, which will be available in no less than 90 countries.
“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. “As such, this global pinnacle must go far beyond what the world expects from a luxury car.”
The new LS sitting on premium rear-wheel drive platform of the company, which is an extended version of the LC 500 is used for the new coupe. Furthermore, as the original LS than 28 years ago, the new model is also intended to anticipate what customers want luxury, not just reinforce what the luxury brands that offer.
“We set previously unheard of targets and resolutely pushed ahead towards these ambitious goals,” added Asahi. “The customers who are going to want to own a Lexus flagship are already surrounded by luxury on a daily basis, people who have a sharp eye for authenticity to begin with. We wouldn’t turn their heads with a conventional premium product.”
Design follows the latest philosophy of Lexus with big grille minutes luminaires, while impressive are the six side windows on each side. He stands on the ground with wheels 19 “and there are also 20” wheels to the additional equipment. Has an active air suspension, the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system improves handling and the Lexus Dynamic Handling system.
The company wanted the new LS reduce the level of undesirable sounds in the cabin so tuned depending evaporating while planted and an active engine noise cancellation system. The new LS is equipped with a smart pedestrian detection system and active steering, which can brake the car automatically, but also to change its course to avoid collision with a pedestrian.
Interior – Lexus LS 2018
Regarding the audio system is the Mark Levinson, 3D Surround technology, the infotainment system uses a screen 12.3 “, and there is also a color 24” head-up display, the largest in the world, such as Lexus claims . Because the new LS is lower than the previous version, Lexus also added functionality to access available air suspension. It is activated by opening the car with smart key and automatically increases the vehicle and open the seat bolsters to greet the driver behind the wheel.
There are also adjustable seats with 28 settings have air conditioning and massage system. On the back also found large luxurious armchairs, that has these massage functions, and have a tilt to 48 degrees.
In terms of performance, the GA-L platform is the most severe in the history of Lexus, the new LS helps achieve superior ride and handling balance than its predecessor. When it comes to traveling, there’s also the latest generation Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management technology to consider – a system that implements cooperative control all vehicle subsystems such as brakes, steering, powertrain and suspension. Handling is also driven by the active stabilizer bar and Lexus Dynamic Handling System with independent front and rear wheel. The VDIM is able to aid stability when driving over the LS split-friction surfaces such as dry pavement and ice.
Lexus LS 2018 Specification Engine and Performance
Under the hood is a new 3.5-liter V6 biturbo engine developed through F1 technology performance 415 hp with 600 Nm of torque. Combined with a 10 speed automatic transmission, with 0-96 km / h coming in 4.5 seconds. The all-new 2018 Lexus LS flagship will go on sale in late 2017.
2018 Lexus LS Photos Gallery