Lexus is going to unveil its 2018 Lexus LC500h hybrid variant at the future Motor Show, which is to be held in Geneva in 2016. The LC already has styling that will position it in the hall of the reputation of contemporary automotive design. The 2018 LC 500 model that opened its wrap in Detroit in January featured a powerful engine beneath its hood. The 2018 LC 500h, miserably, though expectedly, generates less power than its non-hybrid counterpart does. Though it comes with the combination of a traditional engine and an influential electric motor.
However, the vehicle offsets this by offering better acceleration to the hybrid variant than makes it faster than the LC 500. The new hybrid model will be designed with two doors, which will be called by the automaker as the Multi-Stage Hybrid System. It is also likely that the new hybrid variant will as well, be designed with the similar glamorous and arresting design that will attract both the existing and future customers of Lexus.
2018 Lexus LC500h Changes, Exterior
New LC500h Hybrid gets quite a lot of weight-saving bits found on the petrol-powered model, the LC500. These include the liberal use of frivolous materials, such as carbon fiber and the aluminum cover, front suspension towers and fenders. The roof the hybrid variant is also prepared from carbon fiber.
The rear-drive is likely to share the same aggressive external design inspired by LF-LC Concept vehicle. It is going to be constructed on the all-fresh Lexus GA-L global platform, which is principally designed by Lexus for its back-wheel drive vehicles. As a result, the exterior design of the new hybrid variant will be equivalent to that of the old LF-LC design, which was debuted three years back. The new LC500h will come with the indistinguishable intersecting arches, colossal back fenders and tapering roofline, which is comparable to its non-hybrid variant, the LC 500.
The wheelbase length will be 112.9 inches, which is shorter by 4 inches when compared to the wheelbase length of the LS 460. This time, Lexus offers its 2018 500h with two different sized wheels with varying diameters of 20 inches and 21 inches. The only differentiation between the LC500h and LC500 is that the hybrid model will be seen with the hybrid badge. Additionally, the engine will be located at the rear of its front axle. This denotes that both the engine and the automobile have a front-mid outline, which will drastically aid in handling the vehicle and in enhancing the general performance of its chassis.
The 2018 Lexus LC500h interior style and 2017 LC 500 will be the same, so buyers of the hybrid variant can expect its cabin outfitted with delicate inserts, sewed faces, and an eminent, tread leather-sheltered dashboard. The paddle shifters of the hybrid vehicle will be made of Magnesium-alloy, which will be fixed behind its steering wheel, whereas its gauge coat comes with Frankenstein nubs to manage the driving styles besides controlling the electronic solidity system.
The new 500h would come with a Pioneer stereo system as a standard feature whereas the Mark Levinson high-quality audio system will be offered as a discretionary feature.
Much attention has also been paid to offer necessary safety to both the vehicle and its occupants. As a result, the 2018 500h comes with standard safety features, such as a walker-sensing front mishap warning setup with automatic disaster braking, track departure support, adaptive journey control and perfunctory high-ray lamps.
2018 Lexus LC500h Hybrid Engine
The 2018 Lexus hybrid would acquire its necessary power and torque by uniting a strong electric motor and a conservative V6 engine with the capacity of 3.5 liters. This engine will generate the utmost power of 295 HP and 257 lbs foot of the utmost torque. The electric motor would acquire its requisite power from a strong lithium-ion battery set. This grouping offers the 2018 500h the collective power of 354 HP, which is 113 HP short of the power offered by t V8 engine of the LC 500. To compensate this, the engine offers the hybrid variant better acceleration to make it get the 60 mph velocity from the static mode in 4 seconds, which is 0.5 seconds quicker than the time attained by the LC 500.
The conventional power-split gear of Lexus would function as the transmission, which is like a continuously variable perfunctory gearbox. However, the crinkle here is that amid the output shaft and the power-split gear is a four-tempo perfunctory gearbox. It partitions the total power between eight and ten velocity gears, so the gear shifting will not feel like the rubber band, which signifies that it will not be the supplier.
The 2018 LC500h will be provided with the rear-wheel drive mode as standard.
Date of release and price
The 2018 Lexus LC500h release date is probably to be during the concluding quarter of 2017, but its price tag has not yet determined by the automaker.
See also: 2017 Lexus LC 500 Coupe
New Lexus LC500h 2018 Photos