2017 Detroit Auto Show: Lexus LS Unveiled

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The 2017 Lexus LS has debuted at the Detroit Auto Show. The new Lexus was unveiled in its LS 500 guise at the show which features a brand new V6 engine that replaces the V8 in the last-generation variant.

The Lexus LS 500 is powered by a new twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 409bhp and 600Nm of torque.

The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox and pushes the all-wheel-drive variant of the LS 500 from 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds. A rear-wheel drive variant is also available.

The new Lexus LS sits on an extended version of the new GA-L architecture underpinning the new LC coupe. The 2017 LS is 5,235mm long, 1,900mm wide, 1,450mm tall, and has a 3,125mm long wheelbase.

The new GA-L platform makes use of lighter material such as ultra-high-tensile steel and aluminium, which in turn means that the new LS is 90 kilograms lighter than the previous car despite being much larger in size.

New aluminium multi-link suspension is present on both the front and rear of the 2017 Lexus LS which again helps save weight. The suspension setup works with a new generation vehicle dynamics management system that optimises ride comfort and traction. Also present is rear wheel steering, which helps the new LS corner faster with greater stability.

Design-wise, the new LS is clearly inspired by the LF-FC coupe concept that debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The front end of the new 2017 LS is extremely angular with its swoopy headlights and huge spindle grille up front giving it a rather pointed look.

At the rear, the LS looks a lot broader and squared off and feature LED taillights and an exhaust port on either side of the bulked up rear bumper.

Inside, the all-new LS 500 features ambient lighting inspired by Japanese lanterns and the 28-way adjustable front seats are also heated, cooled and offer massage functionality.

The heating, cooling and massage functions are an optional extra for the rear seats which can also recline up to 48 degrees.

The dashboard of the Lexus LS is flat and features wood and is teeming with multiple displays including a massive 12.3-inch navigation display.

Also present are a host of safety features including a pedestrian detection and avoidance system with active steering. Also present are semi-autonomous capabilities on motorways.

The new 2017 Lexus LS will go on sale in the United States at the end of the year. No details have been shared about the availability of the new sedan outside the US as of now.

Story first published: Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 12:32 [IST]
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