Besides the recently presented Lexus LC 500h coupe, the carmaker is also launching a hybrid version of this model. It is the newest 2018 Lexus LC500h Hybrid. The first thing which draws our attention will be its stunning exterior which will be based on Lexus’s current design language which is determined by the large grille and sharp lines all over the body. The Lexus LC 500h is the entirely new model and we can expect it to be one of the best models in its class.
Inside, the new Lexus will impress with premium materials and top-notch technology. Under the hood, there will be a strong hybrid powertrain which will pair with the new two transmission system. On the other hand, the company will also offer the LC 500 which will arrive with a traditional engine under its hood.
2018 Lexus LC500h Hybrid engine and performance
The 2018 Lexus LC500h Hybrid will be powered by a hybrid drivetrain. It will be a combination of a 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine and an electric motor. All together, they will be able to make 354 horsepower. The rear-wheel drive system will be standard. The engine will pair with a continuously variable transmission and a 4-speed automatic gearbox. Its top speed will be 155 mph and it will be able to hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. As for the fuel economy, it gets 35 mpg on the highway.
On the other hand, the standard LC 500 will get a 5.0-liter V-8 engine which will be able to produce 471 horses and 398 pound-feet of torque. This unit will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. It will be able to hit 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds; its top speed will be limited at 168 mph. The fuel efficiency of this unit is estimated to be 16 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg combined.
Design of exterior and interior
The exterior design of the new 2018 Lexus LC500h Hybrid will be very attractive, bold and aggressive. The front end will be dominated by the brand’s recognizable large spindle grille and sharp headlamps. All the lights, front and rear will be equipped with standard full LED lighting. It will ride on 21-inch forged alloy wheels.
Inside the cabin, the 2018 Lexus LC500h Hybrid will offer a blend of luxury, high comfort and modern. The cabin is sufficiently spacious; at least for the front passengers since the rear occupants might feel a bit tight and they are more convenient for small children. The front seats will be able 8-way adjustable and will feature Alcantara inserts. The dashboard will feature a 10.3-inch touchscreen with navigation, audio system with 12 speakers and so on.
As for the equipment, the new Lexus will be available with optional Touring and Convenience Package which will add blind spot monitors, glass roof, Mark Levinson audio with 13 speakers and park assist. Speaking of the safety, the LC 500h will arrive with standard Lexus Safety System+ which will include a lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams and pedestrian detection.
Release date and price
The 2018 Lexus LC500h Hybrid is ready to hit the market. Its price starts at around $96,500.