New Lexus ‘to set standard in luxury motoring’

Lexus has announced that the LS 600h, the brand’s flagship model for hybrid power, will be priced from £81,400 and claimed that it will "set new standards" in the luxury market.

Powering the car is a powerplant that Lexus claims is a world first – a full-time, all-wheel drive hybrid V8 unit, which combines a five-litre engine with a high-output motor.

This will take the car from 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds, offering a fuel economy rate of 30.4mpg and emissions of 219g/km on combined cycle driving.

A pre-crash safety system will be incorporated into the LS 600h range, with the capability of detecting collision hazards both on the road ahead and from the rear, along with adaptive variable suspension.

Among the stylistic details of the new model is a hand-trimmed dashboard, real wood cabin features and leather upholstery, while the entertainment offering includes a 19-speaker hi-fi system and six-disc DVD autochanger with a nine-inch screen for rear seat passengers.

As an additional option, the LS 600h line offers a rear-seat relaxation pack, including an extending ottoman leg and thigh rest, seat cushion airbag and variable massage function for the left hand rear seat.

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