Even though Lexus unveiled their fifth-generation LS flagship all the way back in January, we’ve definitely had to wait a while to get any sort of first impressions for it, let alone pricing and specs.
Based on the automaker’s premium rear-wheel drive platform, the new LS is considerably larger than its predecessor, while logging around less weight and plenty more on-board tech and safety features.
Whether you go for the LS 500 (415 HP) or the LS 500h version (354 HP hybrid), you’ll be driving a car that’s capable of accelerating to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 5.5 seconds. The LS 500h needs 5.4 seconds to be precise, while the LS 500 in RWD configuration will manage 4.5 seconds.
If you want your luxury Japanese saloon to look like speed is constantly on its mind, the F Sport package is definitely the way to go. Not only does it provide handling enhancements, you also get exclusive 20″ alloys, larger front and rear brakes plus other chassis enhancements.
If you’ve got your eyes on the petrol-powered model and not the hybrid, you can also add the Performance Package on top of the F Sport pack, which in turn will land you Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS), Active Rear Steering and Active Stabilizer.
In terms of safety, the all-new Lexus LS was designed better handle the four main causes of traffic fatalities: accidents related to pedestrians, vehicle departures from roads, intersections and rear-end collisions.
“The LS is designed to be the top runner in advanced safety technologies,” said Lexus LS chief engineer Toshio Asahi. The new LS basically combines two advanced safety systems – the Lexus Safety System+ and Lexus Safety System+ A (Advanced). On the former, you get features such as Front PCS with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intelligent High Beam, Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Alert.
With the Advanced package, you get all of the above plus Pedestrian Alert, Active Steering Assist, Front Lateral Side PCS, Lane Trace Assist, Front Cross-Traffic Alert and Road Sign Assist.
As for connectivity, the complimentary Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 app will allow users access to their favorite mobile applications using the vehicle’s center console display – apps such as NPR One, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Slacker and Yelp. Thanks to the LS’ 4G LTE wi-fi, up to five devices can be connected. Also on offer is a 4 GB complimentary trail.
Speaking of complimentary, Lexus Enform Safety Connect is available for the first 10 years. Here, you get a functional Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification and Stolen Vehicle Notification. It’s a 24/7/365 service.
With a base price of $75,000 in the U.S., the all-new Lexus LS is cheaper to purchase than rivals such as the BMW 7-Series ($83,100) or the Mercedes-Benz S-Class ($89,900).