The first-generation Lexus LS debuted at the 1989 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. It was fitted with a 4.0-liter V8 engine paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. During that time, it was among the first premium sedans fitted with an electrochromic rearview mirror, a telescopic steering wheel with a built-in SRS airbag, and power-adjustable seat belts.
Its second generation was launched in 1994 refreshed with a stronger body structure, longer wheelbase, updated brakes, and improved suspension.
In January 2000, its third generation was released at the North American International Auto Show flaunting an interior based on a guest room at the Four Seasons Hotel. The seats were made in reference to the first-class seats of Japan Airlines and British Airways. Its fourth-generation was revealed in 2006 updated with a new platform. A hybrid version was also unveiled.
The current generation was launched in the Philippines in 2017.
Both variants measure 5,235mm long, 1,900mm wide, and 1,450mm tall with a wheelbase of 3,125mm. Highlights include the Japanese company’s signature detailed spindle grille, front LED headlamps with auto-leveling functions, rear LED combination lamps with LED turn signals, an auto lift-up function that automatically lifts the vehicle while passengers enter or exit, and sensors in the rear for hands-free access to the trunk.
Supporting the premium sedan is a set of 245/50 RF19 noise reduction wheels.
The cabin of the Lexus LS is roomy and is fitted with sophisticated features such as tailored seats with a shiatsu massage function, retractable ottoman rear seats, Kiriko glass art ornamentation in the panels, hand-pleated diamond-shaped, interior upholstery, and infrared rays sensor that efficiently monitors the body temperature of the riders for climate control.
Technology & Safety Features
The standard on all variants is the 11.6-inch LCD screen. Cabin sounds are provided by the Mark Levin audio system with 24 speakers.
In terms of safety, the Lexus LS is fitted with 14 sensor-controlled SRS airbags, blind-spot monitor, radar cruise control, vehicle dynamics integrated management, anti-lock brake system, Lexus parking assist with a rearview camera and ten sensors, pedestrian protection performance, child restraint system, three-point seatbelts with height-adjustable anchors, and an anti-theft system with a siren.
Platform & Chassis
The Lexus LS is built with a high mount multi-link suspension at the front and multi-link suspension at the rear. It is equipped with an 18-inch front wheel brake at the front and a 17-inch front wheel brake at the rear.
Engine & Drivetrain
The Lexus LS 500 runs using a V6 24-Valve twin-turbo DOHC engine mated to an automatic transmission. It can produce 415 horsepower with 600 Newton Meters.
The Lexus LS 500h is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with two electric motors with a multi-stage hybrid transmission. It generates 354 horsepower with 650 Newton meters.