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Lexus LS 600hL upgraded

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9th March, 2010

Lexus' full hybrid LS 600hL flagship gains a range of technological and styling improvements for the 2010 model year. Available from today, the upgraded Lexus LS 600hL now complies with latest Euro V emissions standards and features redesigned seating, new equipment, a new ECO driving mode, and achieves advances in comfort and driving dynamics.

KEY POINTS

Lexus Hybrid Drive system in LS now meets Euro V emissions standards
More compact hybrid battery packaging delivering 40 litres additional boot space
New TFT LCD instrument display
New ECO driving mode with efficiency-adjusted throttle response and air conditioning performance
New hybrid-exclusive exterior styling features and new exterior colours
Rear Seat Relaxation Pack introduced in five-seat configuration
Debut of 'self-healing' paint.

Lexus Hybrid Drive system

The full hybrid Lexus Hybrid Drive system that powers the LS 600hL has a new ECO mode, which monitors and manages throttle response and performance of the air conditioning system to gain maximum efficiency from the hybrid engine.

Furthermore, when the outside temperature is 20C or higher, the air conditioning system automatically selects air recirculation mode to reduce power consumption.

Repackaging of the full hybrid system's battery into two sections of six and 14 modules has reduced its overall size and freed up 40 litres more boot space.

Revisions to the Lexus Hybrid Drive system in LS 600hL mean that the luxury flagship now meets Euro V exhaust emissions standards, while maintaining the vehicle's performance.

Combined, the Lexus LS600hL 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine and 165 kW electric motor produce a maximum 327 kW of power and propel the LS 600hL from zero to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds. CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency are unchanged at 219 g/km and 9.3 litres per 100 km respectively on the combined cycle*.

Exterior styling

The revised model is distinguished visually by a new four-bar grille and front bumper with redesigned air intakes and fog lamps. The headlamps have a new design and are finished in Lexus' distinctive hybrid blue. In profile, the car has a new one-piece rocker moulding and new door mirrors that incorporate twin LED turn signals and puddle lamps, with chrome highlights. Further new details include a rear lower bumper design with vertical fins to smooth the airflow from beneath the car.

The paint has a new Self-Restoring Coat treatment that helps maintain a superb finish over the vehicle's lifetime.

Interior features

In the cabin, the instrument binnacle has been revised to include a new full colour, TFT LCD display. A new meter design features a three-ring analogue dial with a central speedometer, a tachometer and coolant temperature gauge to the left, and a fuel gauge and hybrid system indicator to the right.

A display in the centre of the speedometer can be customised to display vehicle information, turn-by-turn navigation instructions and hybrid system status.

The upper air vents have been set apart from the instrumentation on the centre console, giving the dashboard a strong horizontal emphasis. The EMV multi-display touch screen has large switches and rearranged lay-out for the audio controls. The audio switchgear has a new metallic finish, adding to the premium feel and quality of the design.

New seating features

Both front seats are equipped with new, inflator-operated active head restraints. Activated by a signal from the airbag ECU in the event of a rear impact, the inflator slides a piston into the head restraint, unlocking a mechanism that projects the head restraint forward and upward, reducing the risk of whiplash injury.

Outboard rear seat passengers will notice the new adjustable head restraints**, which can be folded inward to 'caress' the passenger's head and neck, providing greater support. Outboard rear seating will also benefit from greater side bolsters**, increasing by up to 10 mm to improve support around passenger's hips.

To aid getting into and out of the Lexus LS 600hL, four-seat models will also gain 40 mm of leg room on the passenger side when the front seat is in the fully-forward position.

Reductions in the size of the rear air conditioning unit and hybrid battery compartment have increased boot capacity by approximately 40 litres.

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Entertainment system upgrades

The 19 speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System, fitted as standard in the Lexus LS 600hL, gives 7.1-channel surround sound on selected CDs and DVDs. It also features a USB connection for fully controlled use of some portable music players via the touch screen. The rear seat entertainment package has been redesigned to offer greater rear vision for the driver via a new slim-line rear DVD screen mounted centrally from the roof.

Pricing

All new Lexus LS 600hL vehicles benefit from Australia's recent import tariff reduction, with the four and five-seat LS 600hL models featuring Manufacturer's List Prices of $243,900 and $250,900 respectively.^


* Fuel consumption will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR 81/02 combined cycle.
** excludes centre seat
^ All prices are manufacturer's list prices and do not include dealer delivery or statutory charges.


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