‘Premier’ Lexus is unveiled

PRICES and initial details have been released for the new Lexus LS, with the range-topping LS 600h L Premier hybrid version costing almost £100,000.

Starting at £71,995 for the 4.6-litre, 38 2bhp V8-powered LS 460 Luxury, the cheaper car will have Luxury and F Sport trim options. Buyers choosing Luxury will benefit from a focus on ultimate comfort, with the driver’s seat being 16-way adjustable and the cabin being littered with lavish technology and materials.

A 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system provides the soundtrack, since thick soundproofing minimises exterior noise. The F Sport version builds on the Luxury specification with 19-inch F Sport alloys, more powerful Brembo brakes, a ‘lateral damping system’, a Torsen mechanical limited-slip differential and suspension modifications. The premium over Luxury spec is £2,500. A world apart is the £99,495 LS 600h L, which comes only in Premier spec and with a longer wheelbase.

Among its advanced technology is a ‘climate concierge’ system that uses infra-red sensors to monitor facial temperature and can automatically adjust the four-zone climate control to suit each passenger. Rear passengers get electrically-reclining seats and electric footrests. Only the left-hand rear seat features a powered lumbar massage function.