Heading for UK dealerships in early 2018, the fifth generation LS, which rides on the same Global Architecture-Luxury (GA-L) platform as the LC, will be available in a choice of four trim levels, all powered by single hybrid drivetrain for the first time.
Weighing some 90 kg less than the old XF40 LS, the new internally designated XF50 range starts off with the £72 595 (R1 321 221) unnamed base model, which despite serving as entry point, comes equipped with items such as a 12.3-inch infotainment system with navigation, a 12-speaker sound system, 20-inch alloy wheels, ventilated electric front seat, Lexus Safety+ and 360-degree camera system.
Priced at £79 995 (R1 455 901) or £82 595 (R1 503 220) when fitted with all-wheel drive, the next step up Luxury adds quad-zone climate control, a 23-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system and heated and cooled seats both front and rear, while the F-Sport retails for £79 995 (R1 456 405) and includes a model specific bodykit, 20-inch F-Sport alloy wheels, sport leather seats, three mode drive selector (Normal, Sport S and Sport+), sports air-suspension and a F-Sport interior.
At the top of the range, the new Premier is priced at £97 995 (R1 783 499) and aside from being all-wheel drive, comes with Lexus' new Safety A+ suite of safety items, electric and heated rear seats with a Shiatsu massage function and different leather seats.
Unlike the regular LS500, the UK bound model ditches the 310 kW / 600 Nm 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine, for the 257 kW 3.5-litre normally aspirated V6 which adds an electric motor to become the LS500h. As mentioned, drive goes either to the rear all four wheels via a unique gearbox known as Multi Stage Hybrid, which combines a four-speed automatic with a CVT for an effective 10-speed setup when working as one.
Lexus South Africa is yet to confirm local LS availability, but expect the hybrid to be dropped in favour of the standard petrol powered only model.