The 2018 Lexus LS 500h first look was revealed at the 2017 Geneva auto expo.
The hybrid flagship saloon grabbed the attention of many with its impressive design and specifications.
A powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine is being used to power the car that can render about 295 horsepower. The engine is connected to a four speed automatic gearbox and being a hybrid vehicle, it is also equipped with two electric motors connected to a CVT transmission. The driver doesn’t have to control the automatic gearbox for the motor as it replicates the functions of a six speed manual gearbox. As an end result, the car works and delivers the power of a 10-speed gearbox setup making it quite powerful on the road.
When the electric motor and the petrol powertrain are combined, the 2018 Lexus LS 500h can produce 354 horsepower. The gearbox used in the car mimics a dual clutch gearbox yet it is compact, lighter making it easier to switch between gears easily. The electric motor can individually provide top speed of 87 miles per hour and the car’s acceleration capacity is at 5.4 seconds to go from 0 to 62 mph.
The design and exterior look of the Lexus hybrid model is sophisticated. It has a large wheelbase measured at 3125mm with multi-link suspension for maximum comfort. The top of the line models will have an air link suspension offering a new level of comfort for passengers on board. Designers in the brand have gone for a four door coupe styled look. The LS 500h when it hits stores will be available with both rear wheel drive and all-wheel drive setup.
Being a car aimed at the average buyer, there are plenty of safety and comfort features incorporated into it. The car has pedestrian detection and it also has some autonomous capabilities that allows it to steer away from immediate obstacles. The seats can be heated, cooled or can even be used to massage your back while you can choose to upgrade the rear seat with an extended leg rest. The 2018 Lexus LS 500h is expected to go on sale before the end of 2017. It’s pricing will be slightly higher than the £71,995 which is what the outgoing LS 500 costs.
Lexus also launched the 2017 RC F GT3 racing model at the Geneva auto expo which will take part in the Super GT series in Japan and IMSA WeatherTech Sports car championship scheduled to be hosted in USA.