Lexus Malaysia has officially launched the 2018 Lexus LS sedan in the country – as indicated when order books opened in January for the automaker’s flagship rear wheel-drive limousine, the fifth-gen goes on sale in Malaysia in three variant forms, the LS 500 Luxury, the LS 500 Executive and the range-topping LS 500h Executive hybrid.

First unveiled in Detroit last year in its LS 500 form, the new LS sits on the company’s Global Architecture – Luxury (GA-L) platform as seen on the LC, and measures in at 5,235 mm long with a 3,125 mm wheelbase, 1,900 mm wide and 1,450 mm tall. Compared to the previous fourth-gen, the new LS is 28 mm longer (wheelbase, +33 mm), 25 mm wider and it also sits lower by 15 mm, with the bonnet and boot placed lower than before.

Exterior design bits include a signature spindle design mesh grille, ultra-compact three-beam LED projector headlamps with LED DRLS, flared fenders and full LED combination rear lamps with a distinctive sequential illumination turn signal. It’s also the first Lexus sedan with a six-window profile, which according to the automaker enables excellent outward visibility for occupants.

All LS variants come equipped with a multi-link front/rear electronically-controlled air suspension system, and ride on 20-inch wheels wrapped with 245/40 front and 245/45 rear profile run-flat tyres. Boot capacity for the petrol variants is 480 litres, while that of the hybrid is 440 litres.

Standard equipment across the entire range includes semi-aniline leather upholstery, a smart entry and start system, a powered assisted boot with a kick-open handsfree function, electronic parking brake with auto brake hold and four-zone automatic air conditioning with Lexus Climate Concierge. The latter uses infrared sensors to measure the occupants’ body temperature and applies the most comfortable climate control setting for each one.

Other standard fit items include a 12.3-inch electro multi-vision navigation display, a 24-inch (600 mm by 150 mm) colour heads-up display, a three-spoke leather/wood finish multi-function steering wheel and 28-way power adjustable driver/front passenger seats complete with cooling/heating features and a Shiatsu massage function.

The LS 500 Luxury comes equipped with a 12-speaker Pioneer audio system with eight channels of amplification and Miracast support, fabric door trim as well as 18-way power adjustable rear seats. As you’d expect, both the LS 500 Executive and LS 500h Executive models bump the equipment specification up in key areas of entertainment and occupant plush.

On goes a 23-speaker Mark Levinsion QLI reference surround sound system with 16 channels of amplification and 2,400 watt output on these two, and novelties include in-ceiling array speakers and rear seat entertainment displays (dual 11.6-inch LCD screens with Blu-Ray, HDMI and SD card playback.

Door trim on the duo is of the leather variety, and the rear seats get a hike up to 22-way adjustable units, complete with a massage function. The inclusion of a rear seat luxury package adds on a raised ottoman, which the LS 500 Luxury doesn’t have.

In terms of powertrains, the LS 500 Luxury and Executive petrol variants are powered by a 3.5 litre, twin-turbo petrol V6. The unit, which replaces the previous-gen’s naturally-aspirated V8, offers 415 hp at 6,000 rpm and 600 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 4,800 rpm in the way of output, and the unit is paired with a 10-speed torque converter Direct Shift automatic transmission.

The hybrid also utilises a 3.5 litre V6 petrol mill, but this one is normally-aspirated and good for 295 hp at 6,600 rpm and 350 Nm of torque at 5,100 rpm on its own. The engine is assisted by two permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, with a 310 volt lithium-ion battery providing the necessary juice.

The motor drive offers 176 hp and 300 Nm, and overall combined output from the hybrid system is 354 hp. Power is put to the ground via a Multi Stage Hybrid Transmission, which combines a four-speed automatic with a traditional hybrid continuously variable transmission (CVT) to recreate a 10-speed transmission.

Performance figures are a 250 km/h top speed for all three LS models, while the two petrol variants accomplish the 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.0 seconds, slightly faster than that of the hybrid, which takes 5.4 seconds to do the same. Fuel consumption is a claimed 10 km per litre combined for the petrol-only LS versions, and 15 km per litre for the hybrid.

On the safety front, aside from a vehicle dynamic integrated management (VDIM) system, VSC and 12 airbags, the luxury sedan is equipped with the Lexus Safety System + as standard. Items available under the system’s umbrella include a front pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection, advanced lane departure alert with lane keep assist and vehicle sway warning, automatic hi-beam and dynamic radar active cruise control.

Also on, a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, a tyre pressure warning system for the run-flats, a panoramic view monitor and reverse parking assist monitor.

No shortage of colour options for the CBU unit, with 11 exterior shades to pick from – there’s Black, Graphite Black Glass Flake, Deep Blue Mica, Red Mica Crystal Shine, Amber Crystal Shine, Sonic Quartz, Sonic Silver, Sonic Titanium, Sleek Ecru Metallic and two brand new colours, Manganese Luster and Sonic Agate.

Likewise, the interior colours and trim, of which there are six choices. The LS 500 Luxury gets two, called Black/Art Wood Organic and Noble Brown/Art Wood Herringbone. The LS 500 Executive and LS 500h Executive also get Black/Art Wood Organic, but this is listed under a different code, effectively making a separate choice to that for the Luxury. The two variants also have an alternative combination called Crimson & Black/Art Wood Herringbone.

Further personalisation is available for both Executive variants in the form of a Kiriko Cut Glass package. Available as a cost option for RM98,000, this consists of Kiriko cut glass door trim ornamentation and origami hand-folded pleats on the door trim, matched with either a Black or Crimson & Black interior.

Finally, pricing, and the 2018 Lexus LS range goes for:

Lexus LS 500 Luxury – RM799,000
Lexus LS 500 Executive – RM999,000
Lexus LS 500h Executive – RM1,459,000

All prices are on-the-road without insurance, and the new Lexus LS comes with a comprehensive five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

We’ve driven the new Lexus LS – read our Japanese drive report on the flagship sedan. Visit to compare all the Lexus LS variant specifications.

GALLERY: 2018 Lexus LS 500 Executive in Sonic Agate and Manganese Luster exterior finishes