2/5/17

2018 Lexus LS – Flagship Sedan Redux



Lexus vehicles have long been perceived as luxurious and reliable, but possessing high degrees of solemnity in driving behavior and design. 

Zzzzzz…

In recent years, the Lexus folks have been working to rid the public of this perception, first with the rather ghastly “spindle grille”, and now the infusion of sportiness in driving dynamics and overall design.  You see it showing up in their RC-F coupe or GS-F sedan, not to mention the upcoming LC uber-coupe.  Now it’s time for a total redux of the stately LS sedan, and fortunately the designers and engineers at Lexus managed to go in the (mostly) right direction. 
Debuting at this year’s NAIAS in Detroit, the LS now presents itself with a lower, sportier and almost aggressive stance, which should imbue the car with substantially more road presence, lacking in previous generations.  Even the interior has been well thought-out, as the design queues now show some cohesiveness and direction compared with recent Lexus cockpits.  Judges at the Detroit show were impressed as well, bestowing the EyesOn Design Award for Interior Design Excellence…!

A quick scan of the tech bits reveal a 200 lb. diet in overall vehicle weight, a 415 horsepower turbo V6 and a 10-speed transmission.  The interior sports 28-way power front thrones with the requisite massage capability, all the better to relax while scanning the 12.3” infotainment screen.  Tech and safety features will be comparable to other entrants in the luxury yacht class.

Due in showrooms this fall, pricing has not been officially announced.  Of course you can expect a premium over the current generations $72,520.00 starting price. 

A step in the right direction, the new LS should add some needed excitement to the lineup.  That Lexus automotive solemnity may yet ebb into the past. A job well-done...

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