Updated Lexus LS gets a hybrid engineApril 27, 2020
The fifth generation Lexus LS has been around since 2018, and very soon it will receive a mid-range upgrade.
The luxury flagship sedan looks very stylish, so it is unlikely that the design department of the Japanese automaker will make any fundamental changes. However, big changes are taking place inside. According to the Japanese Mag-X website, the updated LS will receive not only stand-alone technology, which, as we already know, was under development, but also a new version of the engine: the V8 hybrid.
The current Lexus LS is equipped with a 3.4-liter twin-turbocharged V6 rated at 415 horsepower and 600 Nm of torque, while the LS 500h has a 3.5-liter V6 paired with a hybrid system. The return of the V8 is therefore pretty good news.
As for the details of the V8, sources suggest that it will be an updated version of the 5.0-liter V8 hybrid from the fourth-generation LS, in particular the LS600h, which delivers a total gross power of 439 hp. If this is indeed the engine, there is a high probability that the nickel-metal hydride batteries will be replaced with more advanced and more environmentally friendly lithium-ion batteries.
It is also possible that Lexus might work on a new V8 hybrid, although this is probably a less likely option due to the high costs. Rumor has it that a four-cylinder option is also under development. So far, GS has been the only V8 sedan in the lineup, and Lexus still needs to have at least one car with eight cylinders to keep up with rivals. In addition, it became known earlier that Lexus plans to sell cars with a V8 engine worth at least $ 90,000, and LS just fits into this category with Grand Tourer LC.
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