Lexus launches new flagship sedan with brave design

“The fifth-generation LS is based on a new rear-drive platform and features a bold design with a coupe-like silhouette.”

The all-new Lexus LS 500 sedan delivers premium levels of powertrain smoothness, spaciousness, handling, ride comfort, safety, craftsmanship and attention to detail.

The fifth-generation LS is based on a new rear-drive platform and features a bold design with a coupe-like silhouette.

One powertrain is offered in the LS which comes standard with an all-new 3.5-litre, twin turbocharged V6 that delivers 310kW at 6000rpm. Furthermore, it also boasts a unique 10-speed transmission.

The new LS 500 draws on the proud history of its predecessors. The new Lexus flagship is destined to repeat LS history as a car that redefines and advances automotive luxury expectations and customer satisfaction.

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With multiple world and Lexus firsts, it breaks new ground in design, technology and performance. More than any other model, the LS embodies the history and image of Lexus and serves as a symbol for everything the brand represents – a luxury lifestyle offering amazing experiences.

Japanese aesthetics, which draw on the skills of master craftsmen and the “omotenashi” or hospitality principle, reflects the human-centred engineering and attention to detail inherent with the Lexus brand. This human touch gives the Lexus brand its soul and sets it apart from its competitors.

LS chief engineer Toshio Asahi said the challenge for Lexus with the fifth-generation model was not simply to go beyond the achievements of the past, but to re-imagine what a global flagship sedan should be.

“In doing so, four key pillars underpinned the development of the new LS – brave design, Takumi craftsmanship, exhilarating performance and imaginative technology,” Asahi said.

Foundation for the new design and chassis was the Global Architecture – Luxury (GA-L) platform that allowed Lexus to extend the wheelbase, provide a spacious interior, and achieve an ideal front-rear weight balance as well as the lowest centre of gravity in class for greater agility and comfort.

Furthermore, the advanced new front and rear seat designs offer class-leading levels of adjustment and sophisticated new massage functions. In-cabin technology includes a 12.3-inch multi-media screen, head-up display with segment-leading size, rear-seat DVD entertainment as well as the finest quality Mark Levinson 23-speaker QLI Reference Surround Sound audio system, which is unique to Lexus’ most exclusive models.


The Lexus LS 500 retails for R2 141 400. Furthermore, Lexus has expanded the customer care for which it is renowned, announcing a best-in-class 7-year/105 000km Warranty and Full Maintenance Plan. The vehicle service intervals are at every 15 000km, alternatively once a year.