Lexus began their journey 27 years ago with the LS 400 limousine, which has since become a benchmark for the Lexus brand. At this week’s North American Auto Show in Detroit, chief engineer Toshio Asahi debuted the 2018 new look Lexus LS. See the full spec below, it’s kitted out with 415 horsepower, 3.5 litre V6 twin-turbocharged and a 10 speed automatic gearbox driving the rear wheels which Lexus predict will achieve 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds. It is believed that the LS will only be released with a V6.
Internally, Lexus have taken comfort to the next level. The stand-out feature is the Shiatsu massage function in the seats and leg rest (as part of the rear seat luxury package), that’s right; you can sit back, relax and enjoy a back massage whilst on your travels. Other features include a 12.3 inch infotainment display, reclining seats and ottoman. As well as a fully integrated Lexus CoDrive, a high-level driving support system is also being introduced on the new LS. This provides steering control in accordance with the driver’s intention and continuous driving support on motorways.
Toshio Asahi, chief engineer on the LS, said: “Not only will the LS symbolise the Lexus brand, it will become the definitive new generation luxury car, embodying Japanese tradition and culture. As such, it must go far beyond what the world expects from a luxury car.” The LS will be also be equipped Lexus Safety System; if a pedestrian is detected on the road ahead and a collision is imminent, the LS will automatically brake and steer around the person, keeping to its traffic lane. The driver will be alerted by a warning on the colour head-up display.
Lexus have yet to release an on-sale date or pricing information.
Lexus LS outline technical specifications
Vehicle type Full-size premium luxury saloon
Engine 3.5-litre V6 with direct fuel injection and twin turbochargers
Transmission 10-speed automatic
Overall length 5,235mm
Wheels 19 or 20-inch