As efficient performance is the new trend in the automobile world, most automakers including Toyota are joining this booming hybrid segment. Likewise, 2018 Lexus LS Hybrid is in plans for taking luxury sedans into the efficiency realm.
One big challenge for Lexus would be to create a perfect balance between performance and fuel efficiency as sporty, luxury sedans do not settle for less power. With the best of both aspects, Lexus certainly has to do several tweaks in the powertrain and chassis of this upcoming model.
2018 Lexus LS Hybrid Exterior Design
Apart from changes in powertrain, this upcoming Lexus LS Hybrid is expected to wear several exterior changes including redesigned headlights. The redesigned headlights will consist 3 clusters of LEDs and daytime running lights as standard.
Its trapezoidal grille is also up for a change with chrome accents. Just like in standard Lexus LS, the grille will dominate front fascia. Down below, the front bumper is getting dynamic molds for air intakes. This new generation change might include new cast aluminum wheels of sizes including 17 and 18 inches.
The front door mirrors will integrate turn lights and side entry footsteps are to undergo revisions. Lastly, the rear fascia will consist of redesigned taillights.
Speculations on the Interior
The interior cabin of 2018 Lexus LS Hybrid will be based on the same layout and styling as that of 2017 Lexus LS. This suggests that the dashboard, steering wheel, door panel and seats are not losing their patent leather upholstery with contrast stitching.
What’s in for the biggest change is the center console as it might be reworked with a new arrangement of controls. Other than this, expect the center armrest to be a bit wide for both front and rear seats. Technology wise, each seat row will get USB charging ports and entertainment controls. Heating functions are to be integrated as standard into the front seats and steering wheel.
The powertrain of this 2018 Lexus LS Hybrid will be a combination of a gasoline engine and electric motor. There are high possibilities for a 3.5 liter V6 engine which will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission to produce 467 HP and 450 lb-ft torque.
When combined with the electric motor’s 30 HP and 60 lb-ft torque, final outputs might go out as 497 HP and 463 lb-ft torque. As to EPA ratings, experts predict the figures to stay around 38 mpg in city, 35 mpg on highways and 41 mpg on a combined basis.
Price and Launch Date
The official price of 2018 Lexus LS Hybrid hasn’t been confirmed yet and is expected to cross the $72,000 mark. This next generation LS Hybrid could come as early as in the 4th quarter of 2017.