The LS gets greener, but will likely remain V8-less.
When the 2018 Lexus LS500 saloon debuted at the Detroit motor show last month, we were surprised that the big Lexus didn’t come standard-fit with a V8. Throughout its 28-year history, the LS had never been made available without eight cylinders. And through the 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 wouldn’t lack any punch, it just didn’t feel right.
As did the lack of a hybrid. The electrification question has been answered today though, as Lexus has confirmed that the LS500h hybrid will be making its debut at the Geneva motor show in March. “Designed to exceed expectations,” the press release reads. Lexus Australia has confirmed that the LS500h will arrive on our shores next year, likely around about the same time its conventionally-powered sibling is due to make landfall.
When conceiving the new LS, Lexus said that it was targeting the sort of buyer that would demand absolute excellence from a limousine, but also keep fuel consumption reigned in. The LS500h will likely build on the (claimed) frugal V6 and offer real versatility for day-to-day use. Naturally, the hybrid system will see a weight penalty being paid, though the already lightened structure (which uses ultra high-tensile steel liberally) will offset its overall heft.
We will bring you updates on the Lexus LS500h when it debuts on the 7th of March, so stay tuned to CarShowroom.