Sneak Peek: 2018 Lexus LS

2018 Lexus LS
Imagine a vehicle with award-winning design and a groundbreaking, eco-conscious powertrain that’s equally sophisticated when it comes to safety features, and you may just envision the all-new 2018 Lexus LS.

Marking the fifth generation of Lexus’s flagship sedan, the LS 500 and hybrid LS 500h will hit our showroom later this year. If you’re in Los Angeles and want to be among the first to own one, get in touch today. In the meantime, here’s our sneak peek of the all-new Lexus LS:

Design

Inspired by Japanese aesthetics, the 2018 LS is modern and innovative yet classic inside and out. Its profile is longer and lower than past models, and it’s the first Lexus sedan to feature six side windows as well as flush-surface windows that integrate seamlessly with the body. Its outer-slide moonroof leaves plenty of headroom despite the lowered stance, letting you enjoy the L.A. weather from the comfort of the beautiful cabin.

It also features the classic Lexus spindle grille, with a new mesh design that gives a textured, three-dimensional look to the front end. You’ll also have the choice between five wheel designs, including a 20-inch electroplated version with a hollow rim to reduce road noise.

The LS has a luxe cabin with hand-pleated leather detailing in the door panels and hand-crafted Kiriko glass ornamentation. It was so well-received at the Detroit Auto Show this year that it won the 2017 EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellent – Interior Design.

“I suggest that you simply open the door and experience that immediate, intuitive sense that you’re looking at an interior that is unlike any luxury car before,” said chief designer Suga in a press release.

Powertrain

The all-new LS 500 is powered by a specially designed 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that gives you both power and fuel economy. The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, making the LS the first vehicle in its class to feature such an advanced dynamic control system. The new generation bests the previous generation’s V8, making 415 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque thanks to a twin turbo developed with Lexus’s F1 technology. The elegant sedan goes from zero to 60 in just 4.5 seconds.

The LS 500h was built with the Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System, combining a 3.5-liter V6 engine with two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery, mated to a continuously variable transmission. The system makes a net 354 horsepower and gets you from zero to 60 in 5.4 seconds.

Safety

The all-new LS will feature the Lexus Safety System+ standard on all models. The suite of technologies includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Keep Assist, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. The 2018 sedan also comes available with the Advanced Safety Package, which includes the world’s first Intuitive Pedestrian Detection with Active Steering, as well as color Heads-Up Display.

Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs 2017 BMW 6 Series

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Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs 2017 BMW 6 Series

Lexus never settles for “good enough,” so you can expect every new model from the automaker to not only best its predecessors, but the competition as well. Case in point: the 2018 LC 500, a luxury coupe with cutting edge design and performance that’s hard to beat.

Los Angeles drivers who want to know how this new Lexus model stacks up against the BMW 650i should check out our full one-to-one comparison:

Performance

Lexus LC 500

The all-new LC 500 is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to a class-leading 10-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain makes an impressive 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque for the ultimate in acceleration and control. In fact, this luxury coupe takes you from 0 to 60 in just 4.4 seconds. (Those of you looking for fuel efficiency will be happy to know that the 2018 LC also comes in a hybrid model – the 500h – that makes 354 horsepower and has a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds.)

BMW 650i

Under the hood, the 2017 BMW 650i has a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that makes 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It accelerates to 60 MPH in 4.5 seconds. While the BMW 6 Series does not include a hybrid model, the 640i gets up to 29 MPG, but sacrifices a good amount of horsepower.

Features

Lexus LC 500

The 2018 LC 500 comes standard with a Pioneer audio system with high-mounted widescreen display, as well as a suite of active safety technology, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, and Lane-Keeping Assist. It also features a fixed glass panel roof, LED headlamps, magnesium paddle shifters, and a 12-speaker audio system. Available styling features include a carbon-fiber roof panel, semi-aniline leather or Alcantara trim, and speed-activated rear spoiler, all available with the Performance Package.

Drivers may also opt for the Convenience Package, which includes Intuitive Parking Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The Touring Package includes leather-trimmed front seats, Alcantara headliner, and Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio System. Additionally, the LC 500 comes available with a Torsen Limited-Slip Rear Differential and Color Heads-Up Display.

BMW 650i

The 2017 650i has standard infotainment with navigation and 10.2-inch display, iDrive controller, dynamic cruise control, and rearview camera. It also features leather and wood accents, xenon headlamps, Nappa leather seating, 20-way power adjustable front seats, and 12-speaker audio system.
Drivers have the option to add the Executive Package, which includes ventilated front seating, soft-close doors, and Heads-Up Display. There’s also available Bang & Olufsen sound system, Adaptive Drive, high-gloss black exterior accents, and bi-color 20-inch alloy wheels.

Pricing

Lexus LC 500

Starting at $92,000 MSRP

BMW 650i

Starting at $89,000 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RC 350 vs 2017 Infiniti Q60

Los Angeles Compare Lexus RC350 vs Infiniti Q60

When you’re shopping for a luxury coupe in Los Angeles, you want one with chic styling and luxe features that also has the practical perks like good gas mileage and safety ratings. After all, Angelenos aren’t ones to compromise.

If you’re stuck in the middle between the 2017 Lexus RC 350 and the 2017 Infiniti Q60, there are some things you may want to know. Read on for our full comparison:

Safety

Lexus RC 350

It’s not often that a car seemingly designed for beauty can also keep you safe. But the RC 350 is an exception, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded it the title of Top Safety Pick+ after it earned best possible scores in all crash tests. The 2017 RC 350 comes standard with LED headlights and daytime running lights, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, backup camera, hill start assist, rain-sensing wipers, and Smart Stop technology. There’s also available pre-collision system with automatic brake assist, dynamic radar cruise control, intuitive parking assist, and other driver assistance technologies.

Infiniti Q60

The 2017 Q60 hasn’t yet been rated by the IIHS, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has only evaluated it in rollover tests, where it earned 5 stars. While the Infiniti coupe has safety features like airbags, tire pressure monitoring, seatbelts, and anti-lock brakes, it does not come available with driver assistance technologies like a pre-collision system or lane departure warning. When it comes to tech, Infiniti put entertainment ahead of safety with this vehicle.

Features

Lexus RC 350

The 2017 RC 350 is equipped with standard Lexus Enform Service Connect and infotainment, a 7-inch display, 10-speaker audio system, HD radio, dual USB ports, Bluetooth, and voice command smartphone integration. Additionally, each model has automatic climate control, self-dimming rearview mirror, and rearview camera.

You also have the option to add premium packages of features. Packages include Navigation (includes Enform Destinations, Enform App Suite, and enhanced Bluetooth); Navigation with Mark Levinson Premium Audio, Premium (heated and ventilated seats and driver assistance tech); Luxury (driver assistance tech, heated and ventilated seats, and leather trim); and All-Weather (high-intensity heater, headlamp washers, and wiper de-icer).

Infiniti Q60

The 2017 Q60 has standard infotainment with two USB ports, Sirius XM Radio, Bluetooth technology, and a 6-speaker audio system. Other standard features include push-button start, dual-zone climate control, power locks and windows, and 8-way power driver’s seat. Upper trim levels also include a premium audio system, moon roof, universal garage door opener, and surround-view camera.

Engine

Lexus RC 350

The 2017 RC 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive models have an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the all-wheel drive utilizes a 6-speed automatic.

Infiniti Q60

The 2017 Q60 has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that makes 208 horses of power and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing

Lexus RC 350

Starting at $43,010 MSRP

Infiniti Q60

Starting at $48,300 MSRP