DETROIT: Noting it balances “space and athleticism” Jeff Bracken, group vice-president of Lexus introduced the company’s newest version of the LS sedan Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The fifth generation of the company’s flagship sedan, the 2018 LS will go on sale late in 2017 and will be sold in about 90 countries.
Under the hood, the 4.6-litre V8 engine is being replaced with a V6 twin-turbo engine which produces 415 hp and 442 lb-feet of torque.
Matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission, the 2018 LS can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.
Coupled with lighter metals used to build the car, Bracken said the new LS is 200 lb lighter than its predecessor, and friction reduced by 62 per cent, this LS is expected to get better fuel mileage.
The new LS is longer and lower than the sedan it is replacing. The real-wheel drive platform is an extended version of the one used in the new Lexus LC Coupe.
The new platform lowers the car’s centre of gravity by placing most of its weight in a more centralized part of the car, including the engine. Bracken said this will allow for a more dynamic drive with more control for the driver.
The 2018 LS will be available with a normal, sport and sport plus drive mode and come with either 19- or 20-inch wheels.
Because the new Lexus LS is about 0.6 inches lower than the previous model, the company has included, for the first time, an air suspension system which raises the car to help people get in and out.
Lexus has always been known for its comforts and the new LS takes comfort to a whole new level.
Inside, the LS features an automatic footrest for passengers sitting in the rear seats. The driver and passenger in the front can adjust their seats 28 different ways while anyone sitting in the front and rear can get a Shiatsu massage with the touch of a button.
On the safety side, the new Lexus will feature a new intuitive pedestrian detection system. If the car detects a passenger in the lane ahead and a collision is imminent, the car will brake and drive around the pedestrian, avoiding the collision and staying in the car’s lane.