2018 Lexus LS 500h Coming With Both RWD and AWD in Europe

It's the LS to have for eco-conscious buyers

Following the world debut of the all-new 2018 LS 500 at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, Lexus has brought the LS 500h hybrid version to Geneva.

Featuring the same Multi Stage Hybrid System from the LC 500h coupé, the LS 500h pairs a 3.5-liter V6 Dual VVT-i V6 gasoline engine with two electric motors, for a maximum system power of 354 hp (264 kW).

Unlike the LS 500, which will be available in Europe exclusively with all-wheel drive, the LS 500h will offer both rear and all-wheel-drive versions.

Lexus says the new hybrid system provides "improved responsiveness and more rewarding, linear acceleration, particularly when moving off from stationary." It covers the 0-60 mph sprint in 5.4 seconds. At the same time, it's said to burn less fuel and emit fewer CO2 emissions — although no figures have been released yet.

As with the LS 500, the LS 500h is based on the new Lexus Global Architecture - Luxury (GA-L) platform, which allows for a low center of gravity and "optimum weight distribution." As a result, the new LS is more stable and agile in corners, for a more fun driving experience.

Comfort is not neglected either: in Europe, higher specification versions of Lexus' flagship model come as standard with the Adaptive Variable Suspension.

The LS 500h also features the Lexus Safety System+ package which includes the world's first intuitive pedestrian detection function with active steering, among other technologies.

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