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New for 2018: Lexus

New for 2018: Lexus

By Christian Wardlaw, November 07, 2017

Lexus introduces two new flagship models for 2018, the LC coupe and LS sedan. The luxury carmaker also renames models equipped with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, extends subscriptions to Lexus Enform services to 10 years, and makes Lexus Safety System+ technologies standard on more models. The NX also receives a minor freshening.

2018 Lexus LS 500 F Sport front quarter left photoDetailed changes for each 2018 Lexus car and SUV model are shown below, listed in alphabetical order.



2018 Lexus ES

  • Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Remote services are complimentary for 10 years of ownership
  • Premier package debuts, adding heated and ventilated front seats, leather and wood power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, wood cabin trim, driver memory, and 17-in. wheels with dark gray finish
  • Revisions to individual option availability impact how the ES is equipped


2018 Lexus GS

  • GS 200t becomes the GS 300, even though the engine remains a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder making 241 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Lexus Enform subscription services are complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership
  • Standard equipment includes blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
  • New 19-in. aluminum wheel option


2018 Lexus GX

  • Heated and ventilated front seats are optional on the base model
  • Luxury trim adds a premium leather bench rear seat
  • Sport Design package now offered with second-row captain’s chairs


2018 Lexus IS

  • IS 200t becomes the IS 300, yet retains its turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
  • IS 300 AWD and the IS 350 make an extra 5 horsepower
  • Reversing camera is now standard equipment
  • Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect services are standard for 10 years of ownership
  • IS 350 F Sport includes a limited-slip rear differential as standard equipment
  • Adaptive front lighting system is a new option
  • Optional Comfort package adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert


2018 Lexus LC

  • New flagship coupe starting at nearly $93,000
  • LC 500 and LC 500h hybrid versions available
  • LC 500 has 471-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission
  • LC 500h has 3.5-liter V-6 engine, dual electric motors, Lithium-ion battery, and CVT; collectively the system makes 354 horsepower
  • Represents the future of Lexus design, engineering, technology, and performance


2018 Lexus LS

  • New flagship sedan offered in LS 500, LS 500h, and LS 500 F Sport trims
  • Standard 415-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Available 354-horsepower, gas-electric hybrid powertrain in LS 500h
  • Next-generation safety and infotainment technologies
  • Wide range of configurations to help customers tailor the car to specific preferences


2018 Lexus LX

  • Flagship SUV adds complimentary Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect subscriptions for the first 10 years of ownership


2018 Lexus NX

  • Updated exterior and interior styling
  • NX 200t becomes the NX 300, but still has a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
  • NX 300h hybrid model comes standard with all-wheel drive
  • Revised suspension tuning for all versions; new adaptive variable suspension option
  • Standard equipment includes power-folding outside mirrors and Lexus Safety System+ with adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high-beam headlights
  • Versions with navigation get a 10.3-in. display screen
  • Larger, second-generation Remote Touch Interface technology
  • Darker wheel finishes debut
  • Base model offered with new 18-in. wheel option
  • New interior colors: Glazed Caramet and Rioja Red
  • New exterior color: Caviar


2018 Lexus RC

  • RC 200t becomes the RC 300, but is still equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
  • All versions with a V-6 engine gain 5 additional horsepower
  • Lexus Safety System+ technology is now standard
  • Lexus Enform Destination Assist and Wi-Fi free for first year of ownership
  • Scout connected navigation system is free for first 3 years of ownership
  • Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect subscriptions are free for first 10 years of ownership
  • F Sport gains new Sport+ and Custom drive-mode selections
  • Standard navigation display measures 10.3 ins. across
  • Available Dynamic Voice Recognition technology
  • New paint color: Flare Yellow (F Sport)


2018 Lexus RX

  • Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect is standard for first 10 years of ownership
  • Base model now available with a power sunroof and blind-spot monitoring system
  • RX 450h offered with a new Premium package containing leather, wood trim, driver memory settings, and more
  • Versions with 18-in. wheels get a new silver metallic finish

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