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Lexus launched its flagship LS500 sedan at Detroit Motor Show

Lexus launched its flagship LS500 sedan at Detroit Motor Show
Bilal Firfiray Bilal Firfiray Tuesday 10 January 2017, 15:26 PM

The fifth-generation of the Lexus’ flagship sedan has been unveiled at the ongoing Detroit Motor Show. The LS500 is all-new, quite modern and incorporates the Japanese manufacturer’s new design language. The flagship sedan comes in as a competition to the likes of Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series.

The new LS carry forward the design cues from the LF-LC concept showcased at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The car is based on a stretched Lexus’s global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA-L) platform which currently underpins the LC coupe. The new LS has grown bigger and lowered than the previous generation and is lighter by 90kg. Its wears the trademark spindle grille and has new distinctive headlamps. The four-door coupe-ish design ends in a thick C-pillar as the car sits on either a 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels.

Under the hood is a 3.5-litre turbocharged V6 engine producing 410bhp of power and massive 600Nm of torque. Coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission from the LC Coupe, all the power is sent primarily to the rear wheels and the LS can also be had with the all-wheel-drive. The acceleration from zero to 100kmph takes just 4.5seconds claims the manufacturer.

On the inside, the LS comes with all bells and whistles expected in a flagship vehicle. It has a modern dashboard dominated by a 12.3-inch screen in the centre. Owing to the large wheelbase the cabin has ample amount of legroom and is quite spacious. The front seats get 28-way adjustments with cooling and heating with massage whereas the rear seats can be reclined to 48 degrees and have a special Japanese Shiatsu massage as well.

Lexus hasn’t revealed any pricing details of its flagship sedan but the new-gen LS is expected to go on sale in the US later this year. As far as the Indian launch is concerned, the debut of the Lexus brand in India could hopefully bring the new LS on to the Indian shores.


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