Lexus Oman launched the 2018 edition of the LS in the Sultanate at a ceremony hosted at the Lexus Oman Showroom in Wattayah, Muscat.
Special invitees at the programme included Shinji Kishida, Deputy Chief Engineer Product Planning at Lexus International and Toshiyuki Nakahara, Project General Manager Sales and Marketing for the MENA region. Other dignitaries included representatives of the management, potential customers and two of the first buyers of the car, both of whom bought the LS500 hybrid.
The new LS is available in three engine configurations – a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 engine producing 421PS@6000rpm and 600Nm of torque (V35A-FTS), mated to the new ten-speed gearbox; the LS500 Hybrid with total system power of 354HP of which 295HP is from a V6 3.5-litre 8GR-FXS engine and uses the L310 Multistage Hybrid transmission system with 10 designated ratios; or the LS350 with a natural aspirated 3.5-litre V6 engine.
The new LS sits on a stretched wheelbase of 3125mm, with an overall length of 5235mm. The car is however both squatter and wider than before, with a height of 1450mm and width of 1900mm.
The sleek new design communicates the brand’s design philosophy of “Yet”. The profile now gets a large quarterpane on the C-pillar, extending the profile of the glasshouse.
The interiors include a dashboard with flowing lines emanating from the driver-centric console and uses control knobs that have been brought across from the LFA and LC (on both sides of the IP nacelle). New woodwork patterns dominate the layered dashboard – inspired by the Japanese Shimamoku wood patterns, Lexus uses sliced wood and laser cut manufacturing to deliver these elegant options. Variants are also available with striking cut-glass ornamentation in the Kiriko style.
Front seats offer up to a 28-way power adjustment, while rear seats offer massage and targeted heating zones. The seats are all ventilated.
The car is built on the new GA-L vehicle architecture that was conceptualised from a blank-sheet approach. This brings in new elements to the LS, especially under the skin, including significant use of aluminium as structural and bracing elements.
Safety and driver assist technologies under the VDIM (Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management) banner include electric power steering, variable gear ratio steering, dynamic rear steering as well as the usual suite of ABS, TCS and VSC.
Models equipped with air suspension also offer an access mode, by raising the car to ease ingress and exit from the cabin.