If you were impressed with the latest Lexus LC 500 Coupe, then you should also check out the hybrid version of this model. The upcoming 2018 Lexus LC 500h will pretty much be the same as the standard model considering its design and equipment and they should only differ in engine and of course, price. Precisely, while the LC 500 Coupe will use a strong V-8 unit under its hood, the hybrid will naturally get hybrid drivetrain which should offer lees power but it will be more economical.
The 2018 Lexus LC 500h is the all new model which will be available in one single trim. However, it will be offered with several optional packages. Visually it will be very handsome and sleek with sufficiently spacious cabin and available two seats for the rear passengers. In the tech department, the new LC 500h will offer a range of standard and optional features.
2018 Lexus LC 500h powertrain
2018 Lexus LC 500h will be powered with a hybrid powertrain under its hood. It will be a combination of a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with the output of 295 hp and an electric motor which can make 100 horses. All together they will be able to produce 354 horses and the torque of 350 pound-feet. There will also be a lithium-ion battery. This unit will pair with a continuously variable transmission and a 4-speed automatic gearbox. It will be able to hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. As for the fuel efficiency, it gets 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The rear-wheel drive system will be standard.
On the other hand, the standard LC 500 will be more powerful using a V-8 unit with the 471 horses.
Design of exterior and interior
The new 2018 Lexus LC 500h will arrive with very attractive, sleek and elegant styling. This hybrid model will feature the same design as the standard coupe. The front end is dominated by the brand’s large spindle grille and a pair of sleek LED headlamps which make it look a bit aggressive. The rear end is also perfectly sculpted with unique design of the taillights and quad square exhaust pipes. The LC 500h will ride on 20-inch forged aluminum wheels with Bridgestone Turanza T005 tires.
Unlike the traditional sports vehicles, the 2018 Lexus LC 500h will offer sufficiently spacious cabin and will provide solid outward visibility. The front seats are very cozy and supportive and there are also two rears seats for two more occupants. However, the rear seats will be only suitable for children, young adults or perhaps a luggage. The whole design of the cabin is generally very modern and quality. As well the premium materials will give it more luxurious look and provide more comfort.
When it comes to the equipment, the new Lexus will offer several tech packages. Unfortunately, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay won’t be available. As for the safety, the standard Lexus Safety System comes with adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams and pre-collision system.
Release date and price
The 2018 Lexus LC 500h is available on the market. It price is slightly higher than the price of the standard model. It starts at $96,500.