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The 2018 Lexus LS is all-new and now rides on the new GA-L platform that first appeared on the LC coupe. In addition to the gas-powered variant, there’s also a hybrid model.

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The flagship of the Lexus lineup, the 2018 Lexus LS is a full-size sedan available with a gas or hybrid powertrain. As with the previous generations, the new model comes standard with rear-wheel drive but all-wheel drive will likely be added as an option on the gas-powered LS 500. The hybrid model is called LS 500h.


Compared to the outgoing model, the 2018 Lexus LS is much larger. The 2018 model is longer than the long-wheelbase version of the outgoing car. The previous model’s V-8 engine has also been replaced by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 rated at 415 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission replaces the old eight-speed unit. The hybrid model returns but is now makes use of a 3.5-liter V-6 coupled to an electric motor, a lithium-ion battery, a CVT and a four-speed automatic. Total output stands at 354 hp.

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The F Sport trim receives 20-inch alloy wheels, larger brakes measuring 15.7 inches up front and 14.1 inches in the back and summer performance tires for the rear-drive LS 500 F Sport. An optional Handling package adds variable gear ratio steering, active rear steering, an active stabilizer, and a sport-tuned air suspension. F Sport variants also receive a revised spindle grille, rocker panels, trunk moldings, F Sport exclusive front seats, a unique F Sport steering wheel, an LFA-inspired gauge cluster, aluminum pedals, and Ultrasuede upholstery. The LS 500 and LS 500h can both be had in F Sport trim.

Expect the 2018 LS to feature a slew of new tech including an updated multimedia system with a large screen with touchpad controls, heated, ventilated and massaging seats for front and rear passengers, rear-wheel steering, tri-beam LED headlights, and an intuitive pedestrian detection system than can steer the car out of pedestrians’ way.


Adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, and intelligent high beams should come standard in the 2018 LS as part of the Lexus Safety System+ suite of active safety and driver assistance features. Expect other features such as blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and lane keeping assist to also be available.

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