In now far 1989 LS model was born in Japan. It’s designed and manufactured as a full-luxury sedan for mostly North America market by Toyotas luxury division Lexus. In the last 16 year span 559.659 models were sold in the U.S. only, but in the last 5 years sales are constantly declining. In the 2015 alone Lexus sold only 7.165 LS models. That is surely an alarm for Lexus that something needs to change. Also in favor goes fact that the current fourth-generation LS is ten years old since it debuted in 2006. Since S-Class of Mercedes-Benz and BMW 7-Series are top of the line in this segment 2018 Lexus LS desperately needs major changes and it will surely get them.
Note: Image of 2015 Lexus LF-FC Concept
2018 Lexus LS – Redesign
New 2018 Lexus LS will be inspired by Lexus LF-LC Concept that we saw at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show and that is the change they probably need. Key design features will be used on new model like massive, bulged diamond grille and that will certainly give 2018 Lexus LS aggressive look. Long and thin LED headlights that stretch along borders of the long hood will probably not only bring esthetic and stylish design, but great visibility of the road. They will probably ditch exact lines of rear lights and make them more subtle, but they won’t make mistake even if they make them exactly the same since they look breathtaking. All-around design of this vehicle will surely be out of this world, we just have to wait and see. Interior will be designed in same matter.
Note: Image of 2015 Lexus LF-FC Concept interior
2018 Lexus LS – High-Tech Interior
By the words of Mark Templin, executive Vice President at Lexus Int. interior of 2018 Lexus LS will be unlike any other Lexus with exact words “We are going to do some things with the next-generation LS interior that we have never done with interiors before”. How’s that for marketing and keeping you interested? To keep pace with German rivals and to justify that this is a full-size luxury sedan instrument panel will go through major changes. It will be full length with an array of touch screen features. While not just looking high-tech, word is that hand gesture recognition will be implemented. That will control climate control and audio system. There are also ‘floating’ power front seats and reclining rear seats for next-level comfort in 2018 Lexus LS as you expect from this luxury segment vehicle.
Note: Image of 2015 Lexus LF-FC Concept
2018 Lexus LS – Same Powertrains
On the other hand there isn’t anything new as far as the powertrain is concerned. 2018 Lexus LS will continue to use same powertrains and they are all V8. Depending on trim level you can have 4.6-liter V8 gasoline engine with 380 horsepower and 367 lb-ft of torque. This engine is connected to eight-speed automatic transmission that sent power to rear wheels. You can have AWD as optional. The other one is 5.0-liter V8 hybrid with 439 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. This on the other hand engine is connected with continuously variable transmission or CVT. Although Lexus isn’t developing new engines there is a strong possibility that these ones could get better numbers in power output as well as in fuel consumption.
2018 Lexus LS – Release Date And Price
Funny thing is that at Lexus said that there are quite happy with sales of earlier models of LS. But the truth is they certainly can’t be thrilled with above mentioned numbers. On the other hand fifth-generation LS will surely get them back on track. With that futuristic new design it will take at least some market share from Germans. The premiere of all-new 2018 Lexus LS will probably be scheduled for the first quarter of 2017. Sale will be available in May, 2017. Apart from words about interior, Mark Templin sad that new LS model will be considerably cheaper than BMW 6-Series. This German has a price tag of $88.700. It is estimated that 2018 Lexus LS’s starting price will be somewhat above $50.000.