When the Lexus brand was launched 28 years ago, their first full-sized luxury sedan, the Lexus LS 400 took, the market by storm for its impeccable built quality, class leading features and outstanding customer service. After teasing us with some pictures, the all-new, fifth-generation Lexus LS 500 has finally been unveiled to the world at the Detroit Motor Show.
With the tagline “A Flagship Reborn”, Lexus has completely reimagined the LS from the ground up. It now sits on the company’s brand new “Global Architecture – Luxury” platform similar to the one on the Lexus LC coupe, except here the wheelbase is stretched to 3,125 mm which is 33 mm longer than the previous generation LS long-wheelbase model. The dimensions of the LS measure at 5,235 mm in overall length, 1,450 mm in height and 1,900 mm in width.
At the heart of the LS is no longer a naturally aspirated V8. In its place is a 3.5-litre twin turbo V6 which produces 415 hp and 599 Nm of torque. Power is channelled to either the rear wheels or all-four corners via a first-in class 10 speed automatic transmission that’s sourced from the LC 500. Three drive modes are available – Normal, Sport and Sport+.
One interesting styling element is the unique texture of the spindle grille that differs depending on lighting. It also features six side window design – a first for Lexus – as well as a flushed window surface to the side pillar. At launch, the LS comes with two 19-inch and three 20-inch alloy wheel designs. Four of the five designs available feature a hollow rim structure to reduce tyre noise. Talk about attention to detail, eh?
Inside, the LS embodies Omotenashi which means the spirit of Japanese selfless hospitality. The seats and organic dashboard is meticulously designed to enable the driver to operate all the system functions without having to change seating posture. The cabin design is a reflection of the Japanese culture; ambient lighting is inspired by Japanese lantern and the wood grains are achieved by using Shimamoku wood.
Creature comfort is a never ending list, as expected from cars of this segment. Options that can be had with the LS include a reclining and Shiatsu massaging rear seats, air suspension, 24-inch colour heads up display (the largest in the world) and 3D surround Mark Levinson audio package with ceiling mounted speakers.
As standard, all LS models come with Lexus Safety System+. However, the Advanced Safety Package featuring the world’s first Intuitive Pedestrian Detection with Active Steering is an optional extra. This system automatically brakes and steers clear of the pedestrian when a potential collision is detected.
If you can’t wait to get your hands on this gorgeous piece of machine, you may very well have to wait for at least another year as the LS only goes on sale in the U.S. at the end of this year. But you know what they say, good things are always worth the wait.