Lexux to Introduce New LS 500 Hybrid at the Geneva Auto Show

Posted by at 12:43 pm on February 23, 2017

The hybrid version of Lexus’ LS 500 will premiere March 7 at the Geneva auto show. Little official information has come from Lexus, but there is some information that can be gleaned from what we know about the gasoline-powered LS 500, the last LS hybrid and the LC 500h.

The 2016 LS 600h came with the company’s big 5.0-liter V-8 that generated 389 hp, two electric motors and a sealed nickel-metal hydride battery pack. Total system power was 438 hp. Fuel economy was an impressive 23 mpg on the highway. The next hybrid is unlikely to have the V-8, since there is a new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 coming in the 2018 LS 500. It also seems reasonable to expect more than 23 mpg since the last LS hybrid was working with older technology.

The new LC 500h coupe, using the same platform as the new LS, gets Toyota’s naturally aspirated V-6, with two electric motors for a total of 345 hp. That car has a planetary gear set between the motors that works with the first as a conventional continuously variable transmission. The hybrid powertrain sits at the back end of the transmission, just before the driveshaft. We’ll update as we here more from Geneva.

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