Luxury automaker Lexus unveiled the fifth-generation LS flagship sedan — addressing its customers’ demand for greater handling ability and performance feel without sacrificing comfort — during a press conference today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
“Not only will the LS symbolize the Lexus brand, it will become the definitive new-generation luxury car embodying Japanese tradition and culture,” says Toshio Asahi, chief engineer for the new LS. “As such, this global pinnacle must go far beyond what the world expects from a luxury car.”
Asahi adds the “longer and lower” 2018 LS is known for its coupe-like silhouette and driver-centric performance, including features like a more spacious cabin and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management technology for easier handling. He also says the body was engineered using ultra lightweight materials such as tensile steel sheet and aluminum for a 200-pound savings over previous models and a more “dynamic” driving experience. The vehicle’s new platform also positions its center of gravity by placing most of the mass — including the new V6 engine and occupants — in a more centralized position, for increased comfort and handling capability as well.
Asahi adds that “omotenashi” — the Japanese concept of hospitality — remains the crux of Lexus’ designs, ensuring that drivers and passengers are comfortable and protected by all aspects of the company’s luxury vehicles.
The vehicle will be available in more than 90 countries by the end of 2017.