2018 Lexus LS 500h Hybrid Set For Geneva
After revealing the all-new LS 500 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Lexus will debut its hybrid sibling, the 2018 LS 500h in Geneva. Save for this undisguised image, the automaker provided no other information on its upcoming flagship hybrid. However, it seems highly likely the LS 500h will share the same basic powertrain as its coupe counterpart, the 2018 Lexus LC 500h which was unveiled at last year’s Geneva Motor Show.
The new LC 500h features a Multi Stage Hybrid system that pairs a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged/Atkinson-cycle V6 with the latest Lexus two-motor/generator hybrid drive energized by a compact lithium-ion battery pack. The combo makes a collective 354 horsepower delivered to the rear wheels via an equally innovative new dual-transmission system that teams a conventional CVT unit with a bespoke 4-speed automatic mounted directly behind. Lexus says the setup offers the same on-road functionality as the conventional 10-speed automatic found in the non-hybrid LC 500.
Based on the initial pre-show press release, it appears the new LS 500h will only be available in a single, regular wheelbase configuration.
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