The all-new Lexus LS 500h has been primed for launch with the announcement of the UK model range, headline equipment specifications and prices. The fifth generation of the flagship saloon promises to reinterpret luxury for 21st century customers, bringing style and innovation inspired by the Lexus the brand pillars of brave design, exhilarating performance, imaginative technology and Takumi craftsmanship.
Offered exclusively as a petrol-electric hybrid featuring the Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System that made its debut this year in the LC coupe, the new LS will be available in four equipment grades: LS 500h, LS 500h Luxury, LS 500h F Sport and LS 500h Premier. All-wheel drive will be available for the Luxury and Premier models. On-the-road prices start at £72,595.
As befits a model that sits at the pinnacle of the Lexus range, the new LS offers an exceptional level of equipment features at every grade level.
The LS 500h sets the tone with 20-inch cast alloy wheels, ultra-slim triple-LED headlights with Automatic High Beam, Lexus Premium Navigation with a 12.3-inch EMV display and 12-speaker audio system, dual-zone climate control with nanoe air quality control and a 360-degree Panoramic View Monitor with pedestrian alert. The front seats have 20-way power adjustment, smooth leather upholstery and integrated heating and ventilation.
The Luxury model benefits from four-zone climate control with Climate Concierge and nanoe technology, a bespoke 23-speaker Mark Levinson QLI Reference Surround audio system and integrated heating and ventilation for both front and rear seats. Fine semi-aniline leather upholstery and 28-way front seat adjustment are also included in the specification.
The LS 500h F Sport amplifies the new model’s dynamic capabilities, both in its exclusive styling and its sophisticated vehicle control systems. On the outside it’s distinguished by its dedicated alloy wheel design and lower-profile tyres, spindle grille with intricate mesh pattern of L-motif elements, visible black brake callipers stamped with the Lexus name and jet black plating details for the side sills, front bumper and boot lid. In the cabin the three-spoke steering wheel and shift selector have a perforated leather finish and there is an F Sport combi meter with a moving ring design that uses display technology first developed for Lexus’s LFA supercar. The F Sport seats are finished in smooth leather. On the technical front the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management is extended to include control of the F Sport’s Variable Gear Ratio Steering and Dynamic Rear Steering.
The LS 500h Premier delivers the fullest expression of Omotenashi, the Japanese tradition of hospitality that inspires features that prioritise the comfort and safety of everyone on board. This can be witnessed in Shiatsu massage functions that are provided for the rear seat and in the front seat Relaxation Package; a rear-seat entertainment system; and rear seats with 22-way adjustment and an extending ottoman leg rest. It also benefits from Lexus Safety System+ A, Lexus’s most sophisticated package yet of active safety and driver assistance systems.
Advanced safety and driver assistance features
All versions of the new LS 500h are equipped with Lexus Safety System+ active safety and driver assistance systems, including Pre-Collision Safety, Dynamic Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and an Adaptive High-beam System (Automatic High Beam for the entry-level model).
In addition, the new LS 500h Premier will introduce systems that deliver more advanced accident prevention and automated driving functions. The Lexus Safety System+ A includes new Lexus CoDrive and Lane Tracing Assist systems, together with more sophisticated Pre-Collision System that includes Active Steering Assist (a world-first) and pedestrian detection.
Orders for the new LS can be placed now, with first deliveries to customers early in the new year.
|LS 500h Luxury||£79,995|
|LS 500h Luxury AWD||£82,595|
|LS 500h F Sport||£79,995|
|LS 500h Premier||£97,995|
|LS 500h Premier AWD||£105,595|