New Lexus LS: World-first technology as standard

Prices for the new 2013 Lexus LS will start from £71,995, it has been announced. True to Lexus tradition, the LS will continue to offers drivers ‘world-first’ technology and luxury features, as well as a cabin that delivers unbeatable comfort and refinement.

The range flagship will be the full hybrid LS 600h Premier which will cost from £99,495. However, the new LS launch also sees the return of the popular V8 engined Lexus LS 460 – which provides the basis for a new F Sport equipped car.

Powered by a 382bhp (285kW) 4.6-litre V8 Dual VVT-i petrol engine, the V8 model has been reintroduced in response to customer demand, and is also available in “Luxury” trim.

The Luxury is equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic bi-xenon headlamps, and LED daytime running lights. The cabin offers leather upholstery, four zone climate control and air-conditioned, electrically adjustable front seats.

The interior is lit by the world’s first Dynamic Illumination System, which includes instrument panel lighting that moves and changes with vehicle start-up and switch-off.

On-board entertainment is provided by a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with DVD player, DAB tuner, Bluetooth and USB ports. Satellite Navigation and on-board entertainment information is presented on a 12.3-inch central display – the largest on the market today.

The LS 460 F Sport builds on the Luxury specification with 19-inch F Sport alloys, Brembo brakes, a lateral damping system, a Torsen limited slip differential, and suspension modifications.

F Sport cars also offer a stronger-styled spindle front grille and deeper front and rear bumpers. The interior has a sportier look too, with a dark cabin finish, perforated leather seats and steering wheel; Lexus scuff plates, aluminium pedals, and an aluminium effect finish on the dashboard.

The full hybrid LS 600h is available in a single trim level, the long-wheelbase L Premier model. Its Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain features a 5.0 litre V8 engine and delivers a mighty 439bhp (327kW)

The LS 600h L Premier model is specified with the widest range of comfort items available on any Lexus.

This includes the world first Lexus ‘climate concierge’ system which uses infra-red sensors to monitor the facial temperature of everyone on board.

Using this information it then individually adjusts the four-zone climate control, seat heaters and coolers and the heated steering wheel to provide each occupant with the most comfortable ambient temperature as quickly as possible.

In the rear, passengers benefit from electrically operated reclining rear seats, including electric footrests. The left-hand rear passenger seat also features a power lumbar massage function with remote control.

The LS 600h L Premier is fitted with an Advanced Pre-Crash Safety system with collision avoidance assist. It is designed to help the driver avoid an accident, or if the worst happens, mitigate the consequences of a collision, with vehicles or pedestrians. It can operate across a wide range speeds, and in daylight or darkness. Lane-Keep Assist and Blind Spot Monitor systems are also included in the standard specification.

The LS 600h L Premier can be specified with a night view system, which captures images of the night time field of view using a near-infra red camera and displays the night vision images on the 12.3-inch central display. This feature provides the driver with a view of hazards outside of the direct beam of the headlights. Metallic or mica paint is an option across all models in the LS range.

Colours and interiors

Eight exterior colours are available for the new LS Luxury and Premier: Arctic Pearl, Sonic Silver, Celestial Black, Mesa Red, Mercury Grey, Atlantic Blue and Obsidian Black.

The F Sport model has a range of seven exterior colours, including the newly available F Sport White.

In the cabin Luxury and Premier models can be specified with Black, Light Grey, Ivory, Topaz Brown or White upholstery. F Sport models have Sport Black upholstery as standard, but can be specified with Sport White. F Sport models feature aluminium dashboard inserts as standard, regardless of interior upholstery.

New LS prices

MODEL

OTR PRICE

LS 460 Luxury

£71,995

LS 460 F Sport

£74,495

LS 600h L Premier

£99,495

OPTIONS

PRICE

Night view system

£1,515

ENDS

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