Lexus Debuts New LS 500 in Detroit

On Monday, January 9th, 2017, Lexus introduced the world to the 2018 Lexus LS 500. The fifth-generation Lexus LS was revealed as part of the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The new Lexus showed a dramatic change from LS models past. Both the interior and exterior of the vehicle have been completely re-imaged. Additionally, the LS’ powertrain has been re-engineered in a completely different direction from the model’s predecessors.

The LS 500 still remains Lexus’ flagship luxury sedan. Built on Lexus’ all-new global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA-L), the Lexus LS sits wider, lower, and longer than the previous generation. It shares some styling ques of the LC 500 with a coupe-like silhouette. The platform is also similar to that of the LC 500 with a slight extension.


Like the original Lexus LS launched the brand, the 2018 LS will continue Lexus’ dynamic direction. With an enhanced center of gravity and weight distribution, the new LS will offer greater handling agility that luxury sedan drivers demand. Its new GA-L platform is the stiffest in Lexus’ history, so drivers do not need to sacrifice agility for ride quality.

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The LS 500 takes a direct swing at the German luxury competition by replacing its previous 4.6-liter V8. For the first time in Lexus history, the LS will feature a twin-turbo V6 engine. The new engine offers V8 power, without V8 fuel consumption. Moreover, the new twin-turbo engine gives drivers 415 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque; a sizable increase in power over the previous V8.

Key Changes for the 2018 Lexus LS

  • New Lexus GA-L platform built for both agility and comfort
  • Lexus first twin-turbo V6 with 415 horsepower
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Completely re-designed interior and exterior


View Lexus’ Press Release: With the All-New 2018 LS, Lexus Reimagines Global Flagship Sedan