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PostHeaderIcon Lexus LS+ Concept

2017 Lexus LS+ Concept

The fifth-generation Lexus LS just hit the market this year, but the Japanese automaker is already looking ahead into the future with a new concept for its flagship sedan that’s heavy on state-of-the-art technology. The concept is called the LS+, and if you were thinking it to be outlandish in the typical Lexus concept fashion, then you’d be right. The LS+ Concept is a feast for the senses in more ways than one.

We already have an idea of how Lexus does concept vehicles. The NX Concept from a few years ago blasted our expectations through the roof, and it’s nice to see that Toyota’s premium brand isn’t letting up. This car, Lexus says, is going to be a showcase of what the LS could look like down the road. It’s not a certainty that this blueprint will be put to use in the future, but as far as giving us a taste of what could come, then it hits all the right spots. It looks the part of a futuristic concept though more important than that are the litany of tech features that it comes with, including the curiously named “Highway Teammate” automated driving technology that brings autonomous driving tech to life. That’s just one of the technology goodies we can expect from the LS+ Concept, so expect a whole lot more now that the full-sized beauty is sitting pretty at the Tokyo Motor Show.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Lexus LS+ Concept

Exterior

  • Laser light technology
  • Spindle front grille with mechanized shutters
  • Side-view cameras
  • 22-inch wheels

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“The thing that you’ll immediately notice is how Lexus designers were able to combine current design elements with new visual features that are culled from improved technology”

If this is what the Lexus LS is going to look like in the future, then sign me up. Of course, Lexus has shown a penchant for designing some of the most incredible concepts that I’ve seen in recent years, so it’s nothing out of the ordinary that its vision for the future of the LS flagship sedan follows in that tradition. At first glance, . Take the massive spindle grille for example. Lexus already employs that feature in its current lineup but it still plays a prominent part in the overall look of the concept. Here’s the new-age rub, though. The grille itself incorporates what looks to be a mechanized shutter that does double-duty by helping with cooling the car’s internal parts and boosting the sedan’s overall aerodynamic flow.

The boomerang-like headlights are also similar in design from the current LS but, like the spindle grille, there’s more to it than meets the eye, specifically the illumination. Turns out, laser technology will be a big part of Lexus’ future, as is probably the case too with a lot of automakers down the road. Not only does it guarantee much better illumination than what we’re used to these days, but it’s a clear step in the right direction towards improving road safety for everyone involved. Then there’s the use of cameras instead of conventional side mirrors. It’s not a new “concept” but everyone’s doing it too. What’s a bit surprising is that the concept sits on massive 22-inch alloy wheels, much bigger than the 20-inch wheels the current LS uses.


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Overall though, the exterior of LS+ Concept is solid work from Lexus designers. The whole shape of the body is consistent with what we know the LS to be, so it’s good that the designers didn’t go too out of the box with its presentation. It’s imposing in its own right, but not at all intimidating. That’s what you want a flagship sedan to look like.

Interior

  • Inspiration from Japanese design
  • Should have leather interior
  • Should have wood trim
  • Ambient lighting

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Interior from 2018 Lexus LS500 shown here
“The heavy inspiration on Japanese design has been a hallmark of Lexus for years so there’s no reason to think that the future LS will adopt a similar design philosophy”

The interior of the Lexus LS+ Concept is trickier to get a hold off because judging by how blacked-out those windows are, it appears that there’s very little there to talk about. Some concepts adopt this approach so it’s nothing that we’re not used to. That said, we can still speculate on what the concept’s cabin could look like.

Personally, I don’t think the interior will be a far departure from what the current LS already has. That’s a good thing because the cabin of the current LS is one of the cleanest ones in its segment. The heavy inspiration on Japanese design has been a hallmark of Lexus for years so there’s no reason to think that the future LS will adopt a similar design philosophy. Fine leather should be a gimme. Same thing with ambient lighting and some kind massage feature on the seats. These are hallmarks of Lexus’ Japan-style cabin treatment and I’m all for getting all those things – maybe even more – on the future LS sedan.

As far as tech features go, the expectation is that Lexus is going to take a massive leap from what it has on the table now. A navigation display should still be in the mix, but it could cater to a number of new tech items in the future, including the aforementioned “Highway Teammate” technology that effectively puts a fully functioning autonomous system in place for the LS sedan.

Drivetrain

  • Highway Teammate autonomous driving technology
  • Data tech system
  • Could be all-electric
  • Could have 354-horsepower drivetrain from LS500h

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“Lexus LS+ Concept is going to adopt autonomous driving technology using its Highway Teammate system”

The only thing we know about the Lexus LS+ Concept is that it’s going to adopt autonomous driving technology using its Highway Teammate system. This technology essentially gives the luxury sedan full autonomous driving capabilities to navigate around specific road conditions, including merging, lane changes, and diverging. It’s also tipped to be smart enough to keep the sedan in its lane, a safe distance from the car in front.

Coinciding with the use of Highway Teammate is the concept’s ability to communicate with a data center, allowing the system’s software to be updated on the fly. It’s something that Tesla is already doing with its fleet of models so if Lexus is going to get that level, it’s going to need to have it’s own architecture in place if it’s going to fully adapt autonomous driving technology in the future.


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“The likeliest candidate is a fully-electric set-up, though a hybrid shouldn’t be dismissed either”

Beyond that, it’s anybody’s guess what kind of drivetrain the future LS could have. The likeliest candidate is a fully-electric set-up, though a hybrid shouldn’t be dismissed either. If it does end up being the latter, Lexus can point to the setup of the current LS 500h, which makes use of a 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine and a couple of electric motors. Total output is rated at 354 horsepower, giving the LS enough boost to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds.

Is it possible that the future LS will have a gas-engine? I’d say yes, though, I wouldn’t be surprised if Lexus goes fully hybrid and electric in the future.

Conclusion


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I’m always intrigued every time Lexus comes out with a concept vehicle. It’s arguably one of the best at it and if you’re not a believer, look up some of the past Lexus concepts from the last few years. The LS+ Concept fits into that mold because it not only looks the part of a futuristic concept, but it also looks like something that Lexus will eventually turn into a production car in the future. Those are always the best kind of concepts to begin with so I’m expecting big things out of the LS+ down the road. Don’t expect it to happen anytime soon though because the LS just got its fifth-gen model rolling.

But for the future? You bet I’m looking forward to it.

  • Leave it
    • Not happening anytime soon
    • How much of it will be adapted to future LS models is a good question
    • Not enough details on the interior and drivetrain

References

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PostHeaderIcon Ring in 2018 Already: 10 Models We’re Dying To See When The Calendar Flips A Page

With just a little over two months left before we say adieu to 2017, the wait for all 2018 model releases is hitting fever pitch. We can’t promise to make time move faster than it does, but what we can do is at least prepare everyone for what’s to come when the new year arrives. That said, let me be the first to say that 2018 is going to be a wild year for the auto industry, as old guards are retired, existing nameplates get their redesigns, and most importantly, all-new models are unleashed into the world.

Who knows, 2018 might even be the year when we take a big leap in electric and autonomous technology. A lot of things are at play when the new year rolls around so to keep the anticipation building, do check out this list of some of the hottest and most highly anticipated models to hit the streets next year. We can’t say that we like one of these models better over the other, but at least we’re giving you a good preview of what’s to come. Prepare those checkbooks, ladies and gentlemen, because some of these cars won’t come cheap.

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Kia Stinger


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Was there ever any doubt that the Kia Stinger would be on this list? Personally, I’ve been waiting for the Stinger to hit the streets for quite a while now just to see how it stacks up against the European competition. More than that is the excitement that comes with being the model that signals Kia’s entry into the performance sedan market that’s populated by the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, and Audi A4. Does the Kia Stinger and its 365-horsepower output hold up against the competition? We’re going to find out in 2018 and, for what it’s worth, I like Kia’s chances of making a statement when it debuts sometime around the fall of next year.

Read our full review on the 2018 Kia Stinger.

Lexus LS


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The Lexus LS flagship sedan is another late 2018 arrival and, just like the Stinger, there are a lot of expectations for this model to do well off the bat. The good news is that Lexus prepared it to meet those standards. For one, the LS is completely redesigned and features a longer, lower, and wider stance. That coupe-like dynamic should play well to those who weren’t fans of the outgoing version. Then there’s the engine, which isn’t anything to sneeze at. The LS will feature plenty of engine choices, beginning with a 3.5-liter, twin-turbo, V-6 that pumps out 415 horsepower and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. If that doesn’t suit your flight of fancy, Lexus is also offering a hybrid version in the form of the LS 500h. This variant will come with the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine to go with a couple of electric motors. Total output is rated at 354 horsepower, and while it isn’t as powerful or as fast as the gas version, it’s sporty enough that it shouldn’t matter. Besides, hybrid calls for better efficiency, so there’s a nice trade-off right there.

Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus LS.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon


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Ok, so this may be a little bit of a cheat here because deliveries of the Challenger SRT Demon are expected to start any time now if it hasn’t started already. But let’s face it: has there ever been a model this year that’s been hyped up to Timbuktu like the SRT Demon? I personally can’t think of one, though the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is making a late case for itself. Be that as it may, expect production – and the conversations about the Demon –
to bleed into the new year as customers slowly start receiving their cars. Without question, this super limited (only 3,000 units in the US) muscle car will dominate the narrative next year, especially if it lives up all the hype it has received since it was announced earlier this year. Hard to imagine going wrong with a car that can spit out 840 horsepower and 720 pound-feet of torque without so much as breaking a sweat in the process.

Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

Tesla Model 3


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Yet another model that’s actually already being delivered to the first batch of owners is the Tesla Model 3. And, like the Challenger SRT Demon, there’s tremendous hype surrounding the Model 3, though not exactly for boasting sinister power numbers. The Model 3, in essence, is Tesla’s entry-level offering for those who have been priced out of getting either the Model S sedan or the Model X SUV. There’s been a lot of news surrounding the Model 3 recently, particularly the car’s slower-than-expected production time, but rest assured, 2018 is going to be a huge year for the car because only then will it be determined if the Model 3 is the game-changing vehicle that Tesla has hyped it to be. Mark my words: the Model 3 will dominate plenty of discussions next year.

Read our full review on the 2018 Tesla Model 3.

Jeep Wrangler


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Oh, yes! It’s been 11 years since Jeep rolled out an all-new Wrangler, so you can understand why so many people are pumped up to see the next-generation model when it hits dealerships next year. As one of Jeep’s most popular models – Wrangler sales have consistently grown by roughly 20,000 units since 2011 – there are a lot of people waiting with baited breath to see if the new model can live up to the success of its predecessor. Needless to say, Jeep prepared it in such a way that it should be able to carry that burden. It’s already been announced that the new Wrangler will be available as a two-door, four-door Unlimited, and a pickup truck. Likewise, the model will feature a host of new engine choices, including the expected addition of a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 borrowed from the Ram 1500. This mil has up to 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque on tap and will work with a ZF eight-speed auto transmission for good measure.

Read more about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

Alpine A110


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This is more of a personal choice than anything else because the model isn’t coming to the US. But, allow me to gush over the Alpine A110 one more time. It’s arguably one of the most beautiful sports cars I’ve seen in quite some time, and it’s upcoming release in 2018 has me wishing that I had a European address to go to so that I can get my hands on one. But alas, the A110 will remain across the pond, for now, depriving us the opportunity to gush over it in all its splendid beauty. Make no mistake though; the A110 is more than just eye-candy; it also features a 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbo engine that produces 252 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel it from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds before maxing out at a top speed of 155 mph. It really is a bummer that we can’t get our hands on the A110, but stranger things have happened. Cross your fingers that at least some of them find their way into the US. Legally, of course.

Read our full review on the Alpine A110.

Hyundai i30 N


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Since we’re here lamenting about the status – or lack of one – of the Alpine A110 here in the US, how about we pour some salt in our wounds by also pointing out that the Hyundai i30 N is also unlikely to make its way to U.S. shores. This list has suddenly turned depressing. As I wipe my tears away, I should point out that the i30 N sits in a similar spot as the Kia Stinger being the first hot hatch offering to come out of Hyundai. And, just like the Stinger, there’s plenty of hype surrounding the i30 N and how it’s going to be able to stack up adjacent the establishment in its segment, which – by the way – includes titans like the Ford Focus ST and the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The i30 N certainly has the numbers to back up its hype – 246 ponies and 271 pound-feet of twist from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine – but only time will tell if the whole package translates into the car we all expect it to be. Good thing, then, that we won’t have to wait too long to find out.

Read our full review on the 2018 Hyundai i30 N.

Volvo XC40


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No list of mine is going to be complete without mentioning the latest upcoming release from Volvo. I’m not afraid to admit it either. Volvo has completely won me over, and the excitement I’m feeling in my body over the coming arrival of the XC40 is another indication that I’m fully on-board the bandwagon. I honestly don’t know what I’m most excited about when it comes to the XC40. It could be the fact that it’s actually Volvo’s first ever premium compact SUV. It could also be the fact that it has adopted Volvo’s new design language (one of the best in the business). It could also be that the crossover has enough advanced safety tech features that it helps to validate the automaker’s reputation. It might even be because the XC40 has enough engine options to make a prospective buyer’s head spin. Or, it could be a combination of all of the points I just mentioned. Either way, I’m excited to see the XC40 in full bloom and its arrival in 2018 is going to be cause for celebration in my household.

Read our full review on the Volvo XC40.

Chevrolet Equinox


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It’s not exactly an all-new model in the way some other cars on this list are, but still, let’s give some love to the 2018 Equinox. It’s only two years removed from getting the next-gen treatment, but already, Chevrolet is preparing the 2018 model to be 400 pounds lighter than its previous incarnation. On top of that, the steady choice of engine options remains one of its most important attributes, as is the returns owners get from any of these engines – 40 miles per gallon has been reported. It’s safe to say that the crossover and SUV markets will be as competitive as they’ve ever been in 2018 and the 2018 Equinox will definitely be in the thick of all the fighting.

Read our full review on the Chevrolet Equinox.

Toyota Camry


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The last spot is reserved for America’s best-selling car, or at least one of the best-selling: the Toyota Camry. Why am I excited for the 2018 release? There are enough reasons to be, including the model’s edgier styling, something that the Camry has never been the best at. Add that to its lineup of powerful and efficient engines, a wide array of advanced safety tech, and you’re looking at a model that’s fixing to keep its position as one of the most popular models in the US. It’s really as simple as that.

Read our full review on the 2018 Toyota Camry.

PostHeaderIcon Lexus LS F

The latest-generation Lexus LS was unveiled in early 2017, replacing a predecessor that was no less than 11 years old and quite dated compared to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the BMW 7 Series. Redesigned from a clean sheet and gifted with a sporty, youthful exterior and loads of new tech inside, the fifth-gen LS also brought major changes under the hood, with the 5.0-liter V-8 engine replaced by a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6. The same unit was combined with an electric motor to spawn the LS 500h, but it has yet to be used in a more powerful version, with the F Sport being just an appearance package. This is likely to change in the future, as our paparazzi spotted a full fledged LS F on public roads.

Although the LS has been around since 1990 and it’s one of the most successful full-size sedans built in Asia, it has yet to receive a proper performance update. There have been some special-edition models with sportier looks, but for some reason Lexus said no to a beefed-up drivetrain with each generation. But it seems that the fifth-generation will finally get the performance version it deserves, enabling the LS to finally compete with the likes of the Mercedes-AMG S63, BMW M760i xDrive and upcoming, much-rumored BMW M7 and Audi RS8. Let’s find out what it may bring to the table from the speculative review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lexus LS F.

PostHeaderIcon Lexus LS 500 F Sport

Lexus’ oldest nameplate, having been launched in 1989, the LS moved into its fifth-generation in January 2017 at the Detroit Auto Show. Redesigned after a record ten years of minor changes, the LS is now sportier and more stylish than ever, and its interior is on par with what the competition has to offer. But, unlike its predecessor, a V-8 is no longer under the hood, having been replaced by a more powerful, yet more efficient V-6 drivetrain. Offered in both gasoline and hybrid variants, the LS is now also available in F Sport trim. But even though it has a somewhat more aggressive exterior and acts as a range topper, the F Sport isn’t as special as Lexus wants us to believe.

The reason for that is that the F Sport badge doesn’t bring much beyond the blacked-out exterior trim and a few special features on the inside. Sure, there are a few chassis tweaks to talk about, but the engine and transmission are as stock as they get. The problem with this is that the F Sport badge deserves a bit of extra oomph and it’s imperative that Lexus comes up with a way to give Mercedes-Benz and BMW a run for their money in the performance department too. With the new BMW M760Li and Mercedes-AMG S63 around with fresh gear, the LS 500 F Sport will have a hard time making a name for itself.

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PostHeaderIcon Be a Loyal Lexus Customer and you Might end up Getting your own Special Edition Car

Automakers show different ways of appreciation to their loyal customers. Some treat them to special events. Some give them discounts on their purchases. Some do a combination of both. Then there’s Lexus, which not only treated one of its loyal customers with a car of his own, but an actual one-of-one creation built and developed specifically for him. The car in question is a Lexus LS 600h, although it’s more formally known as the Lexus LS 600h L Centenary Celebration Edition. It was built for Barry High OBE, who had just celebrated his 100th birthday and whose landmark centenary is the official inspiration behind the one-of-a-kind Lexus LS 600h L.

Apparently, the celebrant is one of Lexus’ most loyal customers, a distinction he earned for his loyalty to the Toyota-owned Japanese luxury brand. In the last 16 years alone, the man has reportedly bought as many as 25 Lexus models from the Lexus Cheltenham dealership alone. There’s no word on how many Lexus models he’s owned over the course of his life, but the fact that he’s been purchasing from the same brand for years was all the reason Lexus needed to honor him with his very own one-off LS 600h L that’s about as exclusive as Lexus model is going to get. The car itself didn’t come cheap as the celebrant reportedly spent close to £100,000 for it. That converts to about $128,000, which is right around the price of the standard model.


PostHeaderIcon Lexus LS 500 F SPORT Makes Debut In New York

Lexus just presented the new LS 500 at the Detroit Auto Show as a 2018 model that’s set to go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2017. It’s only been a few months, but Lexus has moved forward already by announcing the Lexus LS 500h and now, at the New York Auto Show, the Lexus LS 500 F Sport. Lexus will lead you to believe that the new F Sport offers an enhanced driving experience over the standard LS 500, but once you dig through all of that PR talk, you’ll find that the big motivating factor – that 3.5-liter V-6 – offers the same 415 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. There are some chassis upgrades, however, that includes an update to Lexus’ VDIM system, a system that integrates ABS, traction control, stability control, EPS and a few other functions all into one box. Now, the system is able to control all vehicle subsystems including braking, steering, powertrain functions, and the suspension system, all of which is based on vehicle motion, yaw, roll, and pitch.

So, when you think of it that way, perhaps the F Sport does offer an enhanced driving experience, but for now, it’s just words. We’ll have to reserve judgment until we actually get behind the wheel. But, it’s not all about what happens under the metal as there are some interior and exterior changes to speak of as well. Keep reading to learn more about what the F Sport will offer when it hits dealers later this year.

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PostHeaderIcon Lexus LS 500 F SPORT Makes Debut In New York

Lexus just presented the new LS 500 at the Detroit Auto Show as a 2018 model that’s set to go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2017. It’s only been a few months, but Lexus has moved forward already by announcing the Lexus LS 500h and now, at the New York Auto Show, the Lexus LS 500 F Sport. Lexus will lead you to believe that the new F Sport offers an enhanced driving experience over the standard LS 500, but once you dig through all of that PR talk, you’ll find that the big motivating factor – that 3.5-liter V-6 – offers the same 415 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. There are some chassis upgrades, however, that includes an update to Lexus’ VDIM system, a system that integrates ABS, traction control, stability control, EPS and a few other functions all into one box. Now, the system is able to control all vehicle subsystems including braking, steering, powertrain functions, and the suspension system, all of which is based on vehicle motion, yaw, roll, and pitch.

So, when you think of it that way, perhaps the F Sport does offer an enhanced driving experience, but for now, it’s just words. We’ll have to reserve judgment until we actually get behind the wheel. But, it’s not all about what happens under the metal as there are some interior and exterior changes to speak of as well. Keep reading to learn more about what the F Sport will offer when it hits dealers later this year.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Lexus LS 500 F SPORT Makes Debut In New York

Lexus just presented the new LS 500 at the Detroit Auto Show as a 2018 model that’s set to go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2017. It’s only been a few months, but Lexus has moved forward already by announcing the Lexus LS 500h and now, at the New York Auto Show, the Lexus LS 500 F Sport. Lexus will lead you to believe that the new F Sport offers an enhanced driving experience over the standard LS 500, but once you dig through all of that PR talk, you’ll find that the big motivating factor – that 3.5-liter V-6 – offers the same 415 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. There are some chassis upgrades, however, that includes an update to Lexus’ VDIM system, a system that integrates ABS, traction control, stability control, EPS and a few other functions all into one box. Now, the system is able to control all vehicle subsystems including braking, steering, powertrain functions, and the suspension system, all of which is based on vehicle motion, yaw, roll, and pitch.

So, when you think of it that way, perhaps the F Sport does offer an enhanced driving experience, but for now, it’s just words. We’ll have to reserve judgment until we actually get behind the wheel. But, it’s not all about what happens under the metal as there are some interior and exterior changes to speak of as well. Keep reading to learn more about what the F Sport will offer when it hits dealers later this year.

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PostHeaderIcon The 2018 Lexus LS 500h Is Further Proof That The Hybrids Are Taking Over

Attention all you lovers of the naturally aspirated, un-electrified internal combustion engine: your days in the sun are numbered. Yep, the hybrids are coming, and in a big, big way, too. What started as a means to extend the range provided by the liquefied dinosaur juice known as gasoline has now turned into a full-fledged assault across all segments. First it was with commuters, like the Prius. Then we got outrageous hypercars like the LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder. Then it was SUVs and wagons, and now, Lexus has added hybridity to the premium sedan niche with the new LS 500h.

The big reveal just occurred at theGeneva International Motor Show, and was preceded by similar announcements from other makes also going hybrid. Porsche is one example of this, giving us the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, a top-shelf sports sedan laying down a whopping 680 horses thanks to its battery-boosted twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8. Check out our full review on the new range-topping Panamera by clicking here.

Now we get this, an electrified iteration of Lexus’ brand-new four-door flagship. We first got a look at the new LS in 500 guise earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, boasting 415 horses from a twin-turbo V-6. Meanwhile, the 500h gets all the good stuff as the more traditional LWB luxury sedan, but with addition of hybrid power under the hood.

Of course, anyone who’s familiar with the history of the LS nameplate shouldn’t be all that surprised. The model has traditionally been a bastion of new technology and innovation, but I feel like this model is indicative of a larger trend in the industry to, well, hybrid all the things. Continue reading to see what I’m on about.

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PostHeaderIcon Lexus LS 500h

The Lexus LS became an instant halo car when it was released in 1990 and was the very basis of which the Lexus brand was able to grow. Fast forward to today and the LS entered its fifth generation for the 2018 model year with an all-new platform, new twin-turbo V-6 drivetrain, 10-speed automatic transmission, and a sweet but sexy look with the newest iteration of Lexus’ spindle grille. But, with the introduction of a new LS Sedan, comes the introduction of a hybrid version that’s called that LS 500h – a car that sheds a bit of it’s V-8, high-performance hybrid roots in the name of economy. Yeah, that’s right, no V-8 Hybrid system here, but we’ll talk more about that later on.

For now, we don’t know a whole lot about the next-gen LS 500h outside of what we can see in the one teaser image that’s been released and the knowledge that it will be quite similar to its non-hybrid sibling. Lexus brought the standard LS to the Detroit Auto Show but has been saving the LS 500h for the Geneva Auto Show that kicks off on March 7th. With that said, let’s take a look at the teaser image and talk more about the new hybrid before Lexus beats us to the punch and spills all the beans.

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PostHeaderIcon Lexus LS 500

The LS full-size luxury sedan is an extremely important model for Lexus. First introduced for the 1990 model year, the LS is essentially the torchbearer for Lexus’ values, offering the greatest possible comfort, style, and technology that the brand can muster. In case you were unaware, the LS nameplate stands for “luxury sedan,” and as the company’s flagship, it basically helped usher in the Lexus brand nearly three decades ago. Now, with a debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, there’s a next-gen model on deck for the 2018 model year, and it’s got a coupe-like exterior design, a roomy four-door interior, a new platform under the skin, a new twin-turbo V-6 and 10-speed automatic, and optional cutting-edge safety technology.

It’s called the LS 500, and it promises the “greatest-ever LS agility and comfort.” Lexus is also touting the new LS as the embodiment of traditional Japanese philosophies of hospitality and craftsmanship.

Lexus will begin selling the new LS late this year as a 2018 model, bringing it globally to 90 different markets. The most important market will be the U.S., but there’s no shortage of competition in this segment, so rest assured the brand won’t be pulling any punches.

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PostHeaderIcon Lexus Is Set To Promote The LC With New Super Bowl Ad

Super Bowl LI is less than two weeks away. We all know what time it is then, right? A number of automakers are already gearing up for the Big Game with their Super Bowl commercials, and as the days wind down to February 5, 2017, we’re going to see more brands roll out their ads in one of the year’s biggest night in advertising. For now, Lexus seems to be the first to the party after unveiling its 60-second extended spot for the Super Bowl, titled “Man & Machine.”

The star of the ad is the new Lexus LC, the same performance coupe that Lexus hopes will pose a strong challenge to established rivals like the Porsche 911. That goal won’t be realized overnight, but at the very least, Lexus wants the LC to make a strong impression to the American buying public, which is why the automaker pulled out all the stops to make this ad as meaningful and as memorable as possible.

The treatment of the ad itself is indicative of Lexus’ mood for the LC. There are no cute storyboards or witty lines. There are no gimmicks or cheap pops either. There’s only the coupe taking center stage with noted street dancer Lil Buck providing the entertainment with his trademark style of dancing to the tune of Sia’s “Move Your Body.” A voice-over joins in half-way through the ad with a short comment about how some machines can inspire emotion, alluding, of course, to the Lexus LC and the reactions people get upon seeing the car and the emotions felt when driving it.

As far as the whole commercial goes, it’s not the kind of hard-sell ad that we’ve come to expect from Super Bowl commercials. Instead, it takes a different approach in establishing the LC as a car that’s worth our attention. On that level, the ad succeeds in doing just that, for better or worse.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Five Cool Design Features That Lexus Introduced with the New LS

As the first model to wear the Lexus badge and the company’s oldest nameplate (introduced in 1989), the LS is arguably the most important vehicle for Toyota’s luxury division. Despite this, it took Lexus quite a few years to replace the fourth-generation model. While the first three iterations were sold for five to six years, the fourth-gen sedan soldiered on for more than a decade. Granted, Lexus introduced updates in 2009 and 2012, but the LS was a bit long in the tooth compared to its competitors. Come 2017 and the fifth-gen LS was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, and I finally understand why it took so long for the new full-size sedan to arrive.

Much like most redesigned cars, the LS boasts a ton of new features inside and out, as well as new underpinnings and a new drivetrain. However, nothing says revolution more than the new design language that Lexus introduced with the fifth-gen four-door. Okay, maybe it’s not all that new given that specific cues can be seen on existing Lexus cars, but there are quite a few new features worth mentioning. And if current design strategies are any indication, these new elements will probably find their way in other Lexus models too.

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PostHeaderIcon Lexus LS460 F Sport – Driven

Being Toyota’s luxury brand, Lexus is tasked with making high-end vehicles that compete with Germany’s best and Cadillac’s finest. Sitting atop the Lexus lineup is this, the LS sedan. It’s longer, wider, and more luxurious (obviously) than any other Lexus, giving it the role as the flagship sedan. Though its main rivals, the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class, have been around much longer and have larger customer bases, the underdog Lexus comes out swinging.

The LS sedan comes in a variety of flavors, including the “base” LS460, the extended LS460 L, the LS460 F Sport, and the hybrid LS600h L. Most models come standard with RWD but offer AWD as an option. The hybrid is the exception, having AWD only. Power ratings range from 386 horsepower in the LS460 up to 438 horsepower in the LS600h L. That might not compete with AMG, but the 4.6-liter V-8 holds its own.

To put the LS sedan to the test, Lexus sent me a well-equipped LS460 dressed in the F Sport package. The car came decked out with the Comfort Package and Mark Levinson audio system, which added heated and vented front seats, a power-operated rear sunshade, power-operated trunk, and 19 speakers.

Initial impressions reminded me of the 2014 Lexus GS 450h, a sedan I tested previously, though with the hybrid powertrain. While there are huge differences between the two sedans, their unassuming characters of luxury and serenity are similar. Still, the LS460 rises above in terms of comfort, features, and of course, cost.

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PostHeaderIcon Lexus Trademarks LS 500h

Automakers are always submitting trademark applications for vehicle names. Sometimes it’s to ensure that a given name isn’t snatched up by a rival, but more often than not, it hints at a new vehicle or model in the pipeline. With this in mind, Lexus has just trademarked the LS 500 and LS 500h names in Europe, which comes just five months after the LC 500 and LC 500h names were trademarked.

Although it has been updated several times, the current Lexus LS has been on the market now for almost a decade. With a new flagship sedan imminent, this trademark filing could suggest that the LS lineup will be adding a new hybrid model – perhaps as a more entry-level alternative to the LS 600h L. Another feasible possibility could be that Lexus is planning to replace the 5.0-liter V-8 in the LS 600h L with a more advanced, downsized engine with similar power but better efficiency. Most other automakers are relying heavily on direct-injection and forced induction to create cleaner cars without sacrificing performance.

Based on Lexus’ current naming system, this new hybrid would likely be powered by a 4.0-liter engine and, if the downsized engine option turns out to be the case, then expect this big hybrid to produce more than 438 horsepower in combined output and return better than 23 mpg on the highway. As pointed out by the report from Autoguide, there’s also an outside (read: highly unlikely) chance that Lexus is just changing its vehicle names to better align with the corresponding engine displacements.

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Lexus Trademarks LS 500h originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 28 May 2015 11:00 EST.

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