The original Lexus LS launched the Lexus brand in 1990 and the all-new 2018 LS looks to repeat history in redefining the luxury market. “A flagship reborn” is how Lexus described the new LS in a recent press release and from what we have seen from the pictures that are now available online, the 2018 LS is a completely new-level luxury flagship sedan in every aspect imaginable.
Lexus approached the LS redesign not as any other next-generation remodel, but from some place entirely new. The design team re-imagined what a flagship sedan should be, as if launching the Lexus brand all over again and their incredible work has already earned an accolade! The 2018 LS was recently awarded the 2017 Eyes on Design Award at the Detroit Auto Show and will no doubt pick up many more awards before it arrives at our dealership later this year (fingers crossed!).
So, what’s new? Check out a few of our favorite features and design elements on the all-new 2018 Lexus LS here…
The 2018 LS will follow the Lexus LC in introducing the world to the new Lexus global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA-L). The new platform designed for the LS provides an even longer wheelbase than before with an astounding 123-inches (this is 1.3-inches longer than the current LS long-wheelbase model!). Longer, lower and wider – the 2018 LS has a coupe-like, low and sleek profile that still gives you the room and comfort of a long-wheelbase sedan. The new LS is about .6-inches lower than the current LS and the hood and trunk are approximately 1.2 inches and 1.6 inches lower, respectively. The design team took full advantage of the new low profile and will introduce a new six-side window design with flush-surface windows that smoothly integrate with the side pillar. What’s better is that since the new LS is lower than previous model years, Lexus will, for the first time equip the LS with an available air suspension easy-access function that will automatically raise the vehicle and open the seat bolsters to welcome the lucky driver into their seat behind the wheel.
The new LS will debut an all-new 3.5-liter V6 engine with twin turbo engines developed through the company’s F1 technology. Promising to deliver V8-level power without sacrificing fuel economy, the 2018 LS achieves 418 horsepower and 442-lb-ft of torque thanks to the new Twin-Turbo V6 and first-ever 10-speed automatic transmission in a premium sedan. Also a world’s first, the 2018 LS will feature the new Intuitive Pedestrian Detection with Active Steering. This new safety system will automatically brake and potentially steer around a pedestrian while staying within the lane if it detects a collision is imminent. The new color Heads Up Display will work with the system to alert the driver and offer even greater peace of mind to the driver and all occupants.
Of course the new LS offers a new stunning interior with loads of unique, high-quality materials that make our heads spin thinking of how to best describe the inspired interior design and immense attention to detail.
“I suggest you simply open the door and experience that immediate, intuitive sense that you’re looking at an interior that is unlike any luxury car before.”
– Chief Designer Koichi Suga
Organically shaped dash design supports the “seat-in-control” layout that emphasizes the driver’s ability to operate all systems without the need to change posture.
Saving the best for last…
Learn more about the stunning new Lexus LS online at Lexus.com.