The 2016 Lexus LS 460 is a full size luxury car which competes with the E Class or the BMW 5 Series and even though it never really sold better than any of them, the LS is one of the best cars in its class, offering great exterior styling, an interior which can easily be considered better that most others with an engine which even though doesn’t offer the most amount of power, it is certainly the smoothest of the bunch.
2016 Lexus LS 460 Review
However, while the car is still good enough to compete, Lexus is going to discontinue the current model and replace it with a completely new vehicle.
The 2016 Lexus LS 460 is going to be their new offering and just like the name suggests, it will be a direct descendent of the current generation. However, Lexus is going to work extensively on the car’s chassis and body in order to make it lighter than before.
Lexus LS 460 Release date and Price
The release date has been set for the start of 2016 while the production model should be ready to hit the streets by the end of that year. The price will remain constant, so the base car will cost around 80.000 dollars with the higher end models going as far as 100.000 dollars.
Just as we said, the body is expected to be now made out of aluminum while the chassis will get carbon fiber reinforcements. These should drop the weight by at least 500 pounds which together with the new engines, the new LS should become a more fuel efficient car than before.
Engine of Lexus LS 460 2016
Engine wise we might have a surprise especially when considering that most other manufacturers out there are going for smaller engines in order to save fuel. We might even see, for the first time ever, a 2 liter 4 cylinder engine in the new 2016 Lexus LS 460 .
This will provide a similar amount of power to the V8 but with a much better fuel consumption. Another possible engine for the car would be an improved version of the current V8, in which case the power would rise to around 400 hp while it will provide 360 lb-ft of torque.
In any case, the fuel consumption will improve by around 10 to 15% thanks to the car’s lower weight of under 5000 pounds.
The performance will be sufficient for an executive car, so a 0 to 60 MPH time of less than 6 seconds in both cases and a limited top speed of 136 MPH. This will also be achieved with a tweaked 8 speed automatic gearbox and rear wheel drive. All wheel drive is going to be available as an option once again but this time Lexus won’t limit the car to a lower power in order to save fuel thanks to that reduction in weight.
Lexus LS 460 Exterior
The outside of the car is due to have a facelift but to what extent we don’t really know. Lexus hasn’t released a concept car so far but we expect that the next generation 2016 Lexus LS 460 to have a more fluid design with a sleeker front end and a more conventional body. These would make it a bit less impressive than before but it will also allow it to sell to a broader market.
2016 Lexus LS 460 Interior
Inside the car though we are most likely going to receive the same treatment as before with Lexus going for a very simplified interior. We mostly agree with them and their choice of materials with leather, aluminum or soft fabric for the seats and the upholstery as well as a really nice control center which is going to use a 10 to 12 inch screen. The only drawback will most likely be the omission of a standard automatic parking system which has been available on its competitors for a couple of years already.