2018 Lexus LS Getting A Price Hike, Could Start At $76K

We haven’t heard much about the 2018 Lexus LS lately but Automotive News is reporting the model will cost around $76,000 when it goes on sale in February.

If that number pans out, the 2018 LS will cost significantly more than the current model which starts at $72,520. However, the car should undercut rivals as the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes S-Class which start at $83,100 and $89,900, respectively.

Detailed pricing will be announced closer to launch but Lexus’ marketing boss told the publication “We do expect to attract people from different brands who may have drifted away.”

Lexus hopes the car’s sportier styling and greater emphasis on performance will win converts and help increase annual sales to 12,000 units in the United States. This would be a dramatic increase from the 5,514 units that were sold in 2016.

One of the car’s key attractions could be the new twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 415 hp (309 kW) and 442 lb-ft (598 Nm) of torque. It is backed up by ten-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to optional all-wheel drive system.

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  • matrem

    Saw a purplish-maroon example on Market Street in The SF Financial district yesterday.

    • mccarluvr123

      What were your impressions? I have yet to see it in the metal, but from the pictures I think it looks absolutely stunning.


  • gor134

    Am I the only one who actually really likes the way this looks? I hate the grille and headlights on the NX, IS, RX, GS, etc. But I think the grille and headlights work on this.

    • eye.surgeon


    • Craig

      I want to see it ‘in person’ before deciding whether I like it or not. The front licence plate will break things up a bit. So that might help tone things down a bit!

    • seriously

      i agree this and the LC are the best looking cars Lexus has made

    • SteersUright


    • supermanuel


    • Nordschleife

      I personally like their design language. I agree it’s better executed on various models but I think this looks good.

  • eye.surgeon

    How much extra to have a non-hideous front end.

  • Craig

    I owned a 1993 Lexus LS400 for over ten years. ‘Black Jade’ with black leather. Nice. But it wasn’t perfect. It didn’t sit quite right. The torque converter made it slower than it should have been. The speedometer and tach needles burned out. The gas gauge stopped working. The LCD screen for the a/c and clock turned black. The seat heaters stopped working. And YET – I couldn’t help but like the car. It was quiet, smooth and felt extremely solid. Many say the 1993/1994 LS was the best built. [Although I suppose I could argue that!] That all said…. it was the cars conservative looks that really appealed to me. And still do. This new LS isn’t really an LS in my mind. It’s something else. An LS in name only. It will be interesting to see if LS people accept its ‘sportier styling’ or will look for something else.

    • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      I think the older LS buyers may look at something less sporty, like a Lincoln Continental or Volvo S90 with a conservative appeal.

    • Nordschleife

      I understand where you are coming from but every company has to change with the times. What you loved about the LS, i didn’t like. So maybe they thought they’d try something different.

  • seriously

    How is less than $4000 a huge increase on a car that started at $72k???

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    Bad move. The design is rather boring

  • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    The Lexus LS is gradually growing on me, but it is still not my cup of tea.

  • SteersUright

    Good G-d, if they sell a ton of these my mind will be blown. The new LS does such a dishonor to the badge, its just so unbelievably ugly.

  • notthistimecobber

    Good luck Lexus. Like all of Lexus’s models this will not sell in the top 3 of its segment globally.

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