The Lexus LS flagship sedan has arrived in India with a hybrid power plant.
Lexus India has introduced their flagship sedan, the LS, with a hybrid engine. The Lexus LS 500h has been launched in India for a price of Rs. 1.77 crore for the lowest 'Luxury trim'. The midrange 'Ultra Luxury' trim is priced at Rs. 1.82 crore, while the top of the line 'Distinct' option will cost 1.93 crore (ex-showroom).
The LS 500h is based on the Lexus Global Architecture – Luxury (GA-L) platform – which it shares with the new LC. The LS 500h features a 3.5-litre V6 dual VVT-i petrol engine, which is paired with two electric motors. The engine and the multi-stage (four stages) hybrid system together are capable of generating a total of 349bhp. The engine comes mated to a 10-speed CVT automatic gearbox. Acceleration from 0–100km/h takes just around 5.4 seconds.
Lexus has updated the hybrid system in the LS500h with a lithium-ion hybrid battery, which makes it 20 per cent smaller than the nickel-metal hydride system found in the old LS600h. Additionally, it also allows the battery pack to be reduced in size and weight, making it more efficient. It comes with a more powerful cooling system.
In terms of dimensions, the LS is 5,200 mm long with a wheelbase of 3,100 mm. At its price point, the LS will compete against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 L and the Jaguar XJ L.