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2018 Lexus LS – Lexus Luxury Sedan Exposed At NAIAS 2017

2018 Lexus LS: Here It Is

The two thousand eighteen Lexus LS promises to be exceedingly quiet and convenient. But is it ultimately titillating?

The original Lexus LS400 might be the most significant car that Toyota ever made. It was the very first premium car from a Japanese brand and it made the world reconsider what their perception of brands from the country. It demonstrated that there were countries other than Germany that could make a premium luxury sedan, and it was available for the fraction of the price with bulletproof reliability.

Over the years, Lexus has been able to parlay that original success into a line of cars that are consistently mentioned as competitors to BMWs, Mercedes, and Audi. But they’ve also gotten a reputation as the conservative, boring choice. Not that there’s anything wrong with being inoffensive, but standing out for being vanilla was never going to be titillating. The LS has gotten so anonymous that I can’t even describe one to you in words other than “bleh.”

That’s not the case anymore.

The fresh LS wants you to like it for more than just being a reliable sedan.

This one is far more aggressive than LS’s past, with a grille that looks rad from some angles, like pizza from other angles. It’s actually rather elegant.

Now, that’s just the exterior. Underneath that the base LS will have an all fresh twin-turbo Trio.Five liter V6, that Lexus says was developed through the company’s F1 technology, even tho’ the Toyota F1 team had naturally aspirated V8s and shut down in 2009.

Anywho, that means it has four hundred fifteen horsepower and four hundred forty two lb-ft of torque. Combine that with a fresh 10-speed gearbox, and the standard, rear-wheel drive LS will get to sixty in just Four.Five seconds. Which is quick for a massive car and unbelievable for a living room.

Of course, it’s laden with tech. There are 28-way power front seats (almost as many adjustments as the Lincoln Continental’s 30-way seats) and rear seats with heating, cooling, rubdown, and the option to recline. There’s a 12.Trio inch nav screen, a supposedly incredible Mark Levinson stereo, and Lexus promises that the interior will be exceptionally quiet while cruising. And, as you’d expect, there are all sorts of safety systems like lane keep assist and a pedestrian detection system that can apply the brakes and steer the car—while keeping it in its lane—to attempt to avoid an imminent collision.

Hopefully you’ll never need that feature.

If it supplies everything Lexus is promising, this will be a hell of a car. It will also still be a more than viable alternative to Mercedes, Audi, and BMW. However Lexus must be looking over its shoulder at Genesis, which is aiming to do to Lexus what that company did to the establishment years before.

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