Lexus will unveil the all-new 5th generation LS sedan (XF50) in next January’s 2017 Detroit auto show. Constructed on the firm’s latest GA-L platform, the 2018 LS will be the most advanced sedan that Lexus has ever built.
We have collected some information from various sources, below is a summary of what we have known for the 2018 Lexus LS at this moment:
- Two powertrain options at initial launch: 5.0L V8 (~460 hp), 3.5L Atkinson cycle V6 + Electric motor
- A twin-turbocharged V6 (~350 hp) will be offered later on
- Aisin 10-speed automatic transmission (with aluminum gearsets) for the non-hybrid trims; ECVT + 4-speed automatic transmission for the hybrid version
- Car body torsional rigidity over 45,000 Nm/deg
- Major structural components are using ultra high strength steel (UHSS) or high strength steel (HSS)
- Front strut tower are cast-aluminum; Front sub-frame, suspension links, bumper, hood, door skin are all aluminum too
- Rear sub-frame is steel
- Certain non-critical structural parts will use carbonfiber composite
- Front suspension: double-wishbone with double-joint upper arm; Rear suspension: multi-link
- LS500 RWD curb weight will be around 4,300 lbs
Below images are depicting the 2017 LC500’s fundamental structural and mechanical design, it also applies to the upcoming LS sedan.