Lexus hasn’t mentioned a Lexus LS 350 in the works, however, this past week, a secret reveal of the model was held at the Shenzen, Hong Kong and Macao International Auto Show.
Serving as an entry-level, the Lexus LS 350 adopts the brand’s fresh styling inside and out plus an all-new drivetrain. Similar to that of the LS 500, 350 models hide a 3.5-litre V6 petrol motor underneath the bonnet mated to a 10-speed auto gearbox controlling the rear wheels.
During the event, no mention of how much power the engine exerts was revealed. However, outside sources have the motor generating 318 horsepower and 380 Nm of torque.
While is doesn’t sound as impressive on paper, Mercedes-Benz S 320 L sedans sold in the region generate 272 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque from a 3-litre V6. This allows the Mercedes to accelerate to 100 in 7.1 seconds while maxing out at 250 km/h.
ES 350 models join the Lexus lineup alongside the LS 500h that is powered by a 3.4-litre V6 motor aided by two electric motors. Together they produce 354 horsepower, allowing the executive sedan to nail 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds.
As of now, it’s unknown if the Lexus LS 350 will be available in other markets outside of China. China current has a handful of exclusive models that the rest of the world are locked away from including a BMW 1-Series sedan, Porsche Panamera LWB and several other long wheelbase models from the likes of Acura, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz and others.