On display at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, the fifth generation Lexus LS model has been redesigned from the ground up, riding on a new platform. Along with an F Sport model, the LS was unveiled in NYC with a hybrid drivetrain. Dubbed Lexus LS 500h, the premium limousine combines a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine with two electric motors that work together to produce a total of 354 horses. The LS 500h can travel at speeds up to 87 mph (140 km/h) on electricity alone, but push the throttle hard and it will need just 5.4 seconds to sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h).
The lithium-ion battery pack is 20 percent smaller than the nickel-hydride unit found in the outgoing LS 600h, yet has a higher power density.
Based on the latest Lexus Global Architecture (GA-L) platform, the new LS 500h offers a lower center of gravity and a stiffer chassis which in turn allows the suspension to deliver supreme comfort levels. Lexus says they have added a “four-stage shifting device” to the hybrid powertrain for a more direct response to driver inputs.
The new Lexus LS 500h features the company’s latest Safety System+ which extends the range of active safety systems available to the driver.
The car’s dynamic performance also benefits from the coordination of braking, steering and stability systems through Lexus Dynamic Handling.
The cabin offers a unique, award-winning design that includes innovative amenities and luxurious materials, with a design based on the Japanese concept of hospitality called Omotenashi.