2018 Lexus LS 500h isn’t fully revealed to the public. But, we can say that this car has existed. Previously, Lexus has announced their new LS model at 2017 Detroit Auto Show. However, what they show on that event is LS 500. Because of this, many people wonder if there is the hybrid model for this model. And, we can expect that there will be one, which is LS 500h. And, we can found it on the picture of its center console that has been spread on the net.
2018 Lexus LS 500h Specifications
According to the center console picture, we can say that this is the new feature of the new 2018 Lexus LS 500h hybrid car. Therefore, we predict this is the shot of the interior of LS 500h. What makes us confident that this will be the design of LS 500h console center is the silver EV mode button on it. It’s definitely new.
More than that, the button make it clear that there will be EV mode. That means there will be electric vehicle mode, so, in one car, there are two power trains you can use, the standard and electric. We don’t know if this is accidentally or they are purposely doing it. But, this is the important part that can connect this picture with new LS.
The Engine, Hybrid specs and Performance
Unfortunately, Lexus’ PR Department doesn’t expose more than EV button for this car, which we greatly hope they also reveal a little bit of its engine. Despite that, if we compare it with GA-L vehicle architecture that is also will make its debut as Lexus LC, we can say that Lexus LS 500h will have a similar specification, especially in its engine. Based on that, we can predict some of the specification.
First of all, LS 500h maybe use the Multi-Stage Hybrid system. That means it will be equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with electric motor and 1.1 kWh batteries. Even though the LC doesn’t have variable transmission, LC 500h will most likely use variable transmission, such as 4-speed automatic transmission. This will remove the uncomfortable feel of CVT.
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For the power it can produce, by looking at the engine above, we predict it will produce 354 hp. It came from 295 horsepower of V6 and 59 horsepower from the electric motor. If we compare it with LS 500 that use the similar engine that can produce 415 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, it’s lower. But, Lexus may try to use the hybrid system to sell this car. We predict when this car is launched; the market for this type of car will be developed greatly.
2018 Lexus LS 500h Price and Release Date
As it’s stated in the car’s name, we can expect that LS 500h will be released this year. At least, you can find it at the end of 2017. As for the price, we expect it will be soon revealed on the car event this year or from Lexus official announcement.
Overall, this car will be the great competitor in the hybrid market this year. Lexus use great model for this year with 2018 Lexus LS 500h.
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